Self-growth and productivity

Author: Asli Leone

Asli is a recruiter with over 12 yrs experience hiring in the creative industry. To date, she has lived as a global citizen across three continents including cosmopolitan cities, tropical islands, jungles, and mountains. She is always curious to try new experiences and build deeper and authentic connections. She is currently living a minimalist lifestyle in beautiful Thailand and is grateful for every moment of it.

Productivity and self-growth are some of the topics on the top of everyone’s minds right now. But how can we find the perfect balance between actual self-growth versus guilt-tripping ourselves for not being ‘perfect’?

While the idea of perfection can feel abstract quality and difficult to understand, I believe there are lots of little steps that you can take every day to become a healthier and stronger version of yourself. Here are some things that you can do to stay motivated and productive while being stuck at home.

Upskill yourself

Learn a new skill to up your craft or learn a new craft altogether. Here are some places you can find free training resources:

Complete your portfolio and job board profiles

As you already know, employers and recruiters expect you to apply to a job with a top notch portfolio and up-to-date resume. So this is a great time to update your CV, cover letter, Linkedin, Behance, and Dribbble profiles to showcase the best of your work and increase your chances of getting a job interview.

Freelance platforms like Fiverr and Toptal are also great places to find project based work. They offer a great way for freelancers and those who are self-employed to market their services. You can post work as well as request work where you think your skillset fits the brief.

Things to remember:

Make sure you showcase your most recent projects

Go with a minimal and clean style vs a cluttered and busy portfolio

Use categories and hashtags to organize your work

Highlight your unique selling points

When applying, make your language tailored and concise. You want to ensure letting the recruiter know you have what it takes to fulfill the brief/job specs.

Make a list of what you want to create and achieve during this time

I suggest that you get started by writing down a list of no more than five things that you would like to accomplish by the end of quarantine. You can also try listing another five for the end of the year.

Another awesome method I find useful is creating a mood/vision board- you can do this on a large piece of paper or your bedroom walls with magazine cut-outs or using apps such as Pinterest.

Don’t forget to make your goals SMART; Small, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Targets – in other words, keep it short and sweet.

Have an accountability partner, set goals together and check in once a week on Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, House Party.

Join online communities that focus on your work interests, talents and passions

Staying at home might leave some of us feeling slightly isolated and out of the loop. You can use your social media platforms such as Twitter, Medium, and LinkedIn as tools to stay connected and up to date.

Follow at least five blogs that are focused on your current/dream sector

Find communities online by searching a hashtag related to your sector

Keep your mind & body healthy

With gyms and yoga studios closed, it becomes easy to sit in your house and eat all the boredom baked goods. But remember this is a great time to begin small habits, like ten minutes of meditation, thirty minutes of reading, and ten-minute workouts. I suggest taking less time on your phone, especially right around bedtime.

Try downloading a fitness app on your device and do what you can at home. The Peloton App is free for 90 days. Plus you can find countless workout and yoga videos on YouTube. Another favorite of mine is Insight Timer, free meditation app.

There is a dark wave of fear in the world now, which brings anger which turn people against each other.  Trust in the process of life that is all unfolding as it should. Channel positivity vs anger and fear.

Read a positive quote every day

Watch positive and inspiring movies

Listen to music that inspires you

Allow your mind to wander and day dream whenever you are free

Seek enjoyment in little things

Say something positive to yourself every day when you wake up

Above all, don’t feel obligated to do something. Sometimes what you need is a break. So get lots of sleep, eat healthy food and fill your mind with positive energy. You will get through this!


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