5 Highly Valuable Things To Do During Quarantine As A Content Creator
Using The Time In Whatever Way Works For You
With everything going on with Covid-19 and this weird time of anxiety and uncertainty, I wanted to create a post about 5 highly valuable things that you can do at home during the quarantine. We’re all stuck at home, with either limited or no way of going out. No-one is able to live life in a normal way, to make sure we are protecting everyone, which is, of course, the biggest priority.
Just an FYI – during this time at home, no-one can tell you how you should be spending this time.
It’s completely up to you how you deal with this time, and no-one can preach to you about what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Whether you should be productive or just rest. How much stress and anxiety this should bring you.
I just want to let you know that this post is only meant as something to give you some ideas if you’re wanting something to do or work on during this time.
I think it’s just about going about with compassion. Being as supportive as possible.
Hopefully, you find this useful, but please reach out if I can offer any further advice or you need support with anything.
1. Batch Create Content
A great way to make use of the time is to batch create content.
There are many types of content that you batch and get a reserve built up to help you in future. It makes perfect sense to set yourself up and get ahead of the game.
The most poignant types of content that are easiest to batch create are – blog posts + photos.
For me, I share posts twice a week and share photos pretty much daily on Instagram. By writing plenty of content in advance I can get ahead of the curve, and potentially set up my editorial calendar for at least a couple of weeks.
Having content in advance means I can stress less in future. It also stops me having to rush, and means I can take my time with packing content full of as much value as possible.
It does also mean that if I can’t write for a while for whatever reason, then I’ve got plenty of posts in reserve. No risk of damaging my consistency! GET IN.
2. Refresh Old Blog Posts
Going through old blog posts and updating them is extremely valuable.
- It boosts your portfolio of content, making it as high-quality as possible
- You can make sure all the branding matches and all the content is up to date
- New graphics for Pinterest etc will help the post gain new, further traffic
- You can add in a signup form etc if you don’t have one in there, to gain new subscribers
There are many benefits to refreshing old content. It’s something I like to do every six months, just to make sure everything is in tip-top condition.
The world changes and sometimes you need to make sure your content is true to life and makes sense still, especially if you published it many months ago.
3. Upgrade Your Home Page
You might currently use your blog post feed as your home page, which is absolutely fine if it works for you and you love it.
However, if you were looking for a blog boost, something to help you stand out, then you could create a branded, static home page to boost your blog/services/online business.
Web design is a great skill to learn, and you don’t even need to learn to code these days. Drag and drop editors can create extremely professional-looking websites.
I created my home page using Elementor. Elementor is an amazing drag and drop editor that comes as a plugin for WordPress. Learning how to use it doesn’t take long but if you’re struggling with something there are so many brilliant blogs and videos online to help support you.
Creating a home page that speaks to your ideal audience and showcases perfectly who you are and what you offer is a great way to spend some time.
Learning new skills is a great thing to do too, and you will find it’s extremely satisfying when you get it right and get it to do what you want it to do!!
4. Create A Strategy For Growth
Okay, so we don’t know when everything is going to settle down and go back to normal. No-one can predict what is going to happen.
However, we do know that there will be an end eventually. One day, we will be able to go back to normal, go about our business like we used to, and put this time behind us.
A great way to make use of this time at home, especially if you have a creative business already, is to create a strategy for growth. Spend time understanding where your business currently is, and look at how you can move forward.
- Are there courses you can take to further develop your knowledge and understanding?
- Is there anything you need to get sorted, like an email list or content plan?
- Could you get a coach to help you move to the next level?
- Have you got a business plan or mission statement written up?
- Could you revamp your website or offerings to better serve your clients?
There are so many options out there. Creating a plan for growth and giving yourself goals and action points will really help. You’ll have something productive to do and these things will help your blog or business overall.
5. Create A New Service Offering Or Product
Finally, the last opportunity on the list is creating a new service offering or product for your business or blog.
Certainly, if you don’t have one already, this is a great time to start working on one!
You may not currently offer any products or services, you might be an affiliate for others. However creating your own product or service means you have a lot more control, can take a lot more of the profits, and make a name for yourself.
There are many different options out there, so you can tailor it to your own business and what you want to offer your audience. For me, doing live training doesn’t really appeal (introvert to the end!), but I love writing and I don’t mind recording my voice, so my pending M.A.P Program is likely to focus on screen-recording and voiceovers rather than face-to-face videos.
If you prefer that face to face, you could offer live training sessions or coaching calls. You might want to write an ebook or create a PDF guide because you prefer writing. You might be able to do service-based packages so sell them as a service via your email list.
Using this time to get a head-start on your next or first service or product is a great idea to bring huge value to your business.
I appreciate this is a very weird time and we’re all experiencing it together.
Please don’t take this post as a directive to ‘make the most’ of quarantine. This is just aimed at those wanting to find something productive to do and bring some inspiration.
If you want to focus on self-care and trying to relax then please do that. If you want to deal with it in any way, that’s absolutely fine. No judgement and no stress. There’s enough of that going on!
Being positive and helping you focus on your mindset is more important to me than anything else right now. If you don’t already, head over to my Instagram + give me a follow for more positive content, encouragement and support.