The year 2021 is such a tumultuous year for everyone, women included. People have to stay in the comfort of their homes to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. But not only that, some had to close their business for good while others got laid off from work. It can be quite struggling to stay at home while financially crippled.
But after a year of COVID-19 crisis, you should have managed to cope with the pandemic situation. Whether you’re a working mom or a single young woman, you must have found ways to deal with this crisis. Fret not, as we’ve rounded up some practical tips for women on how to make the most of the year.
Here’s how to be productive in 2021 amid the pandemic:
1. Start a business
Did you know that new business applications have risen during the pandemic? The global COVID-19 crisis has led to new and emerging business opportunities. That’s why many individuals have jumped on the business bandwagon.
If you were laid off from work or find it hard to look for a job, starting a business can be a viable option for you to make money. If you’re clueless about what relevant business to venture into during this pandemic, here are some recommendations:
- E-commerce business
- Food cart business
- Mobile salon
- Pet grooming
- Cleaning service
- Delivery service
- In-home fitness training
- Online teaching
2. Take digital marketing courses
Most businesses have gone digital during the pandemic. They perform sales and marketing via digital platforms. They even go as far as conducting business transactions via their websites and e-commerce platforms. It looks like digitalization now makes the new business landscape.
If you want to make the most of your time at home, you might want to take digital marketing courses. You need these skills to make yourself marketable and bankable in the future. Here are online marketing skills to learn:
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
- Pay-per-click advertising (PPC)
- Content marketing
- Social media management (Facebook advertising, Instagram marketing, etc.)
You can also learn related skills such as the following:
- Graphic designing
- Video editing
- Product photography
- Web designing
- App development
3. Pursue a home improvement project
As many households stay indoors during the pandemic, they have re-evaluated how they create their living spaces. That’s why many moms have taken the initiative to have improvement projects. Home remodeling projects have spiked since the onset of the pandemic.
If you’re looking to pursue some home improvement projects, here are some of these:
- Have a mini-office at home
- Set up an indoor gym
- Have an exterior painting or power-washing
- Undertake a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom renovation
4. Enjoy landscaping or gardening
If you have a vast outdoor space, you and your family need not get confined indoors. It’s best to go outdoors to commune with nature as well as to unwind and relax.
That said, it’s a good idea to have outdoor landscaping or gardening. If you’re a mom with a green thumb, you can grow flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees in your garden. While you’re at it, tap the help of your husband to install hardscape structures such as a walkway, patio, water fountain, or fire pit.
5. Consider indoor planting
If you don’t have an outdoor space, bring plants into your home. That is where indoor planting comes into the picture.
Hydroponic gardening indoor has become all the rage among mothers during this pandemic. You can grow plants, flowers, and vegetation inside your house without the need for soil. You can simply rely on water, light, and other nutrients. Besides, indoor planting can be highly therapeutic for you amid the pandemic.
6. Spend quality time with your family
As a mother, you have the responsibility to take care of your family. This means providing your spouse the utmost support, raising your kids, and managing the household.
But now that you’re stuck at home, it’s best to spend quality time with your family. Make the most of your family bonding during this pandemic. Rekindle the lost relationships or boost the existing ones. Remember, communication is key.
7. Plan for your post-pandemic wedding
If you’re still single but looking to tie the knot, now is the best time to plan for your post-pandemic wedding. If you have been engaged pre-COVID, it’s time to prepare for your wedding.
Start with looking for the wedding venue best suited for your wedding theme. Search for prospective wedding photographers and videographers. Be specific with details such as the invitation, tokens, and wedding arrangements. Ultimately, coming in prepared and ready will give you the best wedding of a lifetime!
The COVID pandemic doesn’t have to stop you from making the most of the year. Sure, you might have gotten stuck at home. However, there are plenty of things you can perform as a woman to be productive this year. That said, consider some of the best recommendations above. You’ll be surprised at how the pandemic will bring out the best in you—and the year 2021.