In the times of a lockdown, many are forced to have a work break. Some will find a job with time. But what if you don’t want to continue with the work you did for years? What if your heart screams for a more meaningful activity?
The good news is, you can use this lockdown work break to boost your creativity and imagine what meaningful work means to you. Imagination does not take too much energy. In fact, it will make you more positive in these stressful times!
This article showcases three steps on how to transition from being out of work into having a superpower to solve problems with creativity. With your new skills, you’ll be able to discover exciting jobs you could do after a lockdown or even start a meaningful small business of your own.
Creativity is a natural skill
The first step when thinking about jobs is to forget about jobs at all. That’s right, you want to trick your mind into thinking outside of your current situation. An easy way to think differently is to remember all of your interests and dreams. I know, I know, if you’re like the majority, you probably were never asked, “What am I curious about?” and “What’s my dream?”
But is now a good time? So, what are you curious about? This simple question, in fact, is cheeky. When you say it out loud, your mind starts digging ideas from your memories. Give yourself time. Go for a 2 km walk. Even when you’re not thinking, your mind is still looking for answers!
A gentle way to encourage your creativity is to find a sheet of paper with a pen. Try writing, “what am I curious about?” on paper and see what comes up.
Or if stress gets your creative juices going, give yourself a challenge. 100 questions. Write down all of the questions that you want to know the answers to. You asked for a challenge, so now you have to do it! Write down all the questions in one go. That makes a cheerful activity for the loved ones too!
Ideas are a button away
The next step is to get inspiration and remember what’s like to explore. You did this as a child. So why not get your childish thinking back? This is your tiny expedition called “interests”. Spread all of the questions you wrote on a kitchen table. Notice groups of interests emerging. Here, pause. What are the most meaningful questions for you?
Now, look for answers! The Internet offers plenty of ways to explore your interests. Platforms like TED are packed with short videos for any question you can imagine. Coursera is a library of free online courses from top universities, and Facebook Groups is a great place to connect with communities for any interest you have.
Passion projects for wellbeing
The last step is to make sense of your explorations. Explore by doing, not just watching what others think and do! Your passion project will remind you what’s like to have fun and experiment. So, let’s start making and sharing. Whether it’s designing with nature (gardening!), a song about trucks, or a tiny science experiment in your kitchen, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube will help you share your interests with the world.
The good thing about passion projects is, you can do as little or as much as you want. Moreover, you can have multiple projects too! What are you curious about again? Let’s explore.
If by the end of a lockdown, you realise you would like to explore some more and try creating a business of your own, a website project is an excellent place to start.
And if you ever get stuck, remember that creativity and experimentation are natural ways of being, which many of us have forgotten. But in times of economic lockdowns, these skills may be the only thing to rely on in search of meaningful work.