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Ten Ways to Be Productive on a Snow Day

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Another Nor’easter has smacked Madison in the face yet again. After so many of us lost power for what seemed to be an eternity, it’s a good time to make up for lost productivity while you weather today's storm at home. 

The famous Stephen Covey quadrant 2 activities can keep you busy on this snowy day—and maybe contribute to some game-changing progress before you head back to work. 

You may be thinking, "What are these activities?" We have the answers. 

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Covey, author of "7 Habits for Highly Effective People", developed these "not urgent and important" activities "for long-term strategizing and development." 

and work on the famous Stephen Covey Quadrant 2 Activities.  What are they you may ask?  Those are the activities that are Important, yet not urgent (well some of them can be).  In other word’s it’s a great day to make some real game changing progress towards your work week.

Here are 10 simple things you can get done on a snow day:

  1. Learn a new skill: Do you know what cryptocurrency is or how to create a podcast?  Pick a skill you want to hone and dive in. Lynda.com and YouTube are treasure troves of information. 
  2. Manage your social accounts: When is the last time you created a significant LinkedIn post? Choose a topic and post it to your LinkedIn page or on a different social platform you may be neglecting.
  3. Write a blog: Think about five key things you want people to learn about you when they search for business needs and write a blog about them. Be creative.
  4. Google yourself: You may be shocked at what you find.
  5. Clean out your inbox: If your inbox is filled with thousands of undeleted emails, chances are there may be a jewel inside one of them.
  6. Research your industry: Where is your industry headed over the next year or two?  Are there future trends that you are not prepared for?
  7. Research your main client’s industry: Clients do business with companies that can help them reach their future goals. Almost anyone can solve a problems, but becoming a partner that can help your client be who they want to be a year or two down the road will give you a client for the long haul.
  8. Craft first-quarter push goals: March is the last month of the first quarter, and yes, that went by very fast. Are you where you need to be? Think outside the box and make some action-oriented goals that you can commit to so you finish out the quarter strong.
  9. Use the time to help someone: Is there someone that has asked you a professional favor and you did not have the time to help?
  10. Take a nap: There is no time like a snow day to rest and recharge. Get yourself ready to carpe diem and seize tomorrow.

Finish your list? Go back to binge watching or snow man making with your kids! There is always fun to be had. 

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