We’re on our phones and computers more than ever these days, so it’s extremely important to be aware of how we spend the inordinate amount of time we do staring at a screen. The recent trend in health and wellness reveals just how obsessed we are with our devices, as well as the opportunities we have to improve our lives by changing the way we use them.
Here are some ways to maximize your time in front of the screen.
Take Advantage of Online Courses
We live in a unique age where we can learn anything imaginable from online courses. You are just one click away. Using online courses to increase your skill set, and then applying them to your business is a smart way to grow your brand and business. There are plenty of ways one can use online courses from full degree certification to specific training for a new job or personal hobby. Being able to choose from a variety of online courses allows you the freedom to expand your professional knowledge without wasting money on college tuition or general class registrations that won’t apply to your needs.
Learn a New Skill
Learning new skills can be thrilling, exhilarating, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. But one thing’s for sure: you never know when you’ll need that skill. Maybe it’s a skill that will allow you to achieve your goals in life or a specific goal (save money, eat healthier, spend more time with friends and family, whatever), but don’t just cross that bridge when you get to it. Make sure you start learning today.
Develop Opinions and World Views
Insightful, relevant, and original opinions are all very important aspects of being a people person in today’s world. Your beliefs have power. The way you think has an impact on the way you live your life and the choices that you make. Opinions (or lack of) can say a lot about a person. In the online world, these opinions can be found in blog posts that argue different topics and also in comments and replies on social media. Whether you agree with them or not, these opinions may help, open your eyes to different perspectives – particularly with topics you know little about.
Engage in Paid Research Studies
Part of the reason why millions of people struggle to make ends meet is due to a lack of extra income. This is true for those who are already employed and also for retirees. There are ways to supplement your current income, some legal and some not so legal. One way to make extra money that is not illegal involves submitting your name, email address, and other information to websites that offer paid research studies. Some of these companies may be paying you good money for participating in their research studies. But how can you tell them apart from all the garbage?
Get a Virtual Assistant
It’s estimated that the average American will spend 9.5 hours a day in front of a screen (and that doesn’t even take into account the people who work from home). It’s no surprise then that finding ways to make the most of your time can save you hours each week. One way is delegating some tasks and activities to a Virtual Assistant or VA. A VA can do anything from schedule meetings for you, manage your social media profiles, write and launch your email newsletters, create graphics, run FB ads… there is absolutely no limit to what they can do for you!
Mentor a Teenager or Young Adult Online
You may be a techie and love teaching, or you may be interested in giving back to the community – Mentoring young adults is something that will give you plenty of return and make an impact on the life of a young adult. It may be challenging to start off, but if you take it slow and have a mentor yourself, you can find this a rewarding experience.
Blog About Your Thoughts
We all have moments of inspiration. It’s a great feeling to be able to capture them and share them with others. What better way to do it than through a medium that you know so well? Whether it’s about business, marketing, or technology, we can all share our thoughts on things that we love while also reaching out to other fellow tribe members. Take some time today and see how you can add your thoughts to the blogosphere. It may be beneficial in the end.
We live in a technologically driven world. Thanks to advanced smartphones and social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to waste your time. But why embrace this lifestyle? There are so many ways to make the most of the time you spend in front of the screen, that will be beneficial to you in the short and long term.
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