We’ve never experienced a mass-furlough like this before. In fact, until a few weeks ago, most of us didn’t even know what it was! But now, hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are at home, not working and not able to do anything that promotes or sustains their business.
So what can you do with your time? Here’s our list of work and personal things you could do:

  1. Join some free webinars – they can help you stay fresh in terms of work ideas and skills.
  2. Relax – now’s a good time to really relax if you can. It’s good for your physical and mental health. Check out the National Gallery’s virtual tours.
  3. Volunteer – if you’d like to get out and about more, why not volunteer to drive or help with a local charity? The NCVO has lots of advice.
  4. Spend time with family and friends – in your house or over the internet, keeping in touch helps boost your spirits.
  5. Spruce up your CV – you might not be thinking of moving jobs, but now is still a good time to update your experience, results and training.
  6. Think about career moves – where would you like to be this time next year? How can you get there? Read this advice from Indeed.com about preparing for a promotion interview.
  7. Be active – exercise, brain games, X-boxing with the kids, new skills or just clearing out the loft, staying active helps the days to pass.
    There’s lots to add to this list. If you’re furloughed, what are you doing to pass the time, or to prepare for getting back to work?