Today our area is getting hit with over a foot of snow. The schools are closed. I imagine that many of my students will sleep in and stare at their phones or watch youtube all day. I know this because my son would do that if I let him. Here are some alternatives for you to consider on a snow day.
1. Get some exercise.
Grab that shovel and start shoveling. When you get the blood flowing, you feel better. Especially for a young person, it is important to get outside and sweat a little. My son and I went out this morning in the middle of the storm and shoveled together. We have a neighbor who is very old and can’t do it. We shovel for her. It is a nice gesture and my son learns that caring for others in need is an important thing.
2. Build your professional profile.
Last week in my high school’s management class, I had my students list out what they were good at. Many of them actually had no idea what to put down. School teaches you what you are bad at. A snow day will allow you to talk to your family and friends about what they think you are actually good at! You can assess your skill sets and build your online portfolio. Create a website or blog about what you are all about. Create a LinkedIn or a Yolobe profile. This will allow you to reflect on what it is that you are actually good at and skills that you may need to work on. In other words, work on your WHY.
3. Read. Yes Read.
Grab a book that will motivate you. Read business books. You can grab these online so no worries about traveling in the bad weather! Grab a cup of coffee, hot tea, or cocoa and jump in. Take notes. Soak in the information. There are great reads out there.
4. Check out high profile Entrepreneurs online and listen to them!
People like Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, Lindsey Sterling, Elon Musk and many more. Take in their stories and definately take note! Be inspired by them to do something good. Make something happen.
5. Start taking that idea to action!
We all have ideas of things we could do. We stop because of a flood of excuses. Well...you now have time to make a move on it. Try to figure out ways you can get that idea going and as NIke said it… just do it! Create. You have technology in front of you. Get focused and get started!
A snow day is actually the best day to really educate yourself. We don’t like going to school because we are boxed in and usually told what we need to learn and do. Take the snow day as a day to do the things you really want to do. Learn your craft. Make moves. Disrupt Education!