Create A Plan, Any Plan!

Hello again, happy last week of April!

Last week I was so excited to share my Survival List on how we can get through this new normal of being furloughed or laid off from our jobs. To hold each one of us accountable, each one of my blog posts will include the survival list as a constant reminder to keep our heads up, we’re in this together! In this post, I will focus on #3 which is to create a plan. In my opinion, this step is the hardest one to get started and follow through with. Creating a flexible plan is important, so your plan can adapt as circumstances around you shift in different directions. Please remember that you can always branch out into different directions when you have a solid base. I am here to help you build that solid base to allow yourself to get creative when building up or sideways.

Mari’s Survival List:

1. Take a breath & grieve for what has happened – DONE

2. Pull yourself together & apply for unemployment when you qualify – DONE

3. Create a plan

4. Find some free educational tools & gain a professional skill

5. Create a brand for yourself by building a website

6. Update your resume & LinkedIn

7. Let people know what you have been up to

8. Celebrate!!

3. Create a plan

After two days of giving myself the grace and freedom to do absolutely nothing – or everything – I wanted to, I knew I needed to create some structure in my life in order to move forward in a positive direction. So, I put on Spotify’s Confidence Boost playlist, pulled out one of my blank notebooks, and wrote down everything I wanted for the next four weeks. I knew I wanted to establish some sort of brand for myself. Something that I could physically give to someone else to have my work speak for itself. I also knew I wanted to build a skill or two (for free) that could be useful in the future. Another item I added to the list was a personal goal of mine. I wanted to get back to something that I love, something that has always grounded me and made me think of another perspective that I was unfamiliar with: I wanted to actually read books again.

With ideas growing and a very rough plan written down, I felt like I had a good base to stand on as I started to my journey to a better looking future. Life likes to throw some plot twists every now and then, which is exactly what happened to me, and to many of you reading this right now . While thinking about what I wanted to do with this unexpected time off, I had a friend contact me about possibly being a contributor to a new website he created called the Furlough Network. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Sean Hand, you know, like I do, that he was onto something great! Having already establishing the Awkward Networker, and seeing how far he has taken this brand, I knew I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. And so began the unexpected, unforeseen addition to my plan: to help contribute my own personal story and resources to those who have been furloughed and/or laid off via the Furlough Network. This opportunity is a welcomed outlet to hold myself accountable to be the best I can be during this furlough. It is a chance to help others, like me, who wanted some sort of direction on what to do next. Remember when I said plans should be flexible? Please see above for exhibit A.

In the next blog post I’ll provide some links and educational resources that you can use in order to build a new skill or two. Until then, stay safe, healthy, and positive about what the future will bring you!

Always,

Mari

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