How to keep your growth mindset active during quarantine

At the moment I am a Growth Hacking Trainee at The Talent Institute. One of the selection criteria for the participants for the Growth Hacking Traineeship is that you have a growth mindset (and not a fixed mindset). But how do you keep your growth mindset active during your time at home?

Hopefully, it won’t last months on end before we can all go back to the office, but it could still take a long time before we are able to spend our free time in the weekends and evenings as we did before the quarantine. With these tips, you can make the most of your free time, safely, from your home!

1. Start with online courses

If you can’t go to your training sessions or workshops, do them from home! Decide what you want to learn and check out different websites to see which course suits you best. For example, you can follow online marketing courses at ConversionXL, Hubspot Academy or Google Skillshop. There are also a lot of websites that have a broader variety of courses, like Studytube (free courses at the moment), Udemy, Udacity, Coursera or LinkedIn Learning.

2. Learn a language

Is learning a new language high on your bucket list? Why don’t you start now? You can start, simply by downloading a language learning app like Duolingo or Babbel, but you can also follow one-to-one language classes through the platform Italki. Furthermore, you can watch Netflix movies or series in a different language, listen to music or read books, newspapers and magazines in the language you want to learn. Every little helps.

3. Read or listen to books

Reading increases intelligence and it boosts your brainpower. In our busy lives we sometimes just don’t have (or take) enough time to read. Use your spare time now to finally read the books that are have been collecting dust on your bedside table for ages. Look at this post for some inspiration or make an account on Goodreads. Is reading not really your thing? You can also try audiobooks via apps like Storytel, or summarized non-fiction books via the app Blinkist.

4. Listen to podcasts

Podcasts are accessible to almost everyone and allow you to multitask. When you have to clean your house or when you go for a walk, it can be nice to listen to a podcast instead of music. Podcasts will broaden your knowledge and improve your concentration level (depending on what you are listening of course). There are many different podcasts you can listen to. For starters, it always helps to ask your friends for tips, but The Guardian (in English) and The Volkskrant (in Dutch) both have made a very interesting list of podcasts you need to hear.

5. Meditation

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. It helps you to reduce stress, lengthen your attention span and improve your sleep. Like you just read, meditation could be a great addition to your daily routine. In addition to endless amounts of meditation videos on YouTube, there are many playlists on Spotify and a lot of meditation apps available. Some of the most well-known apps are Headspace, Calm and Stop, Breathe & Think. But there are many more, like Buddhify, Breethe and Ten Percent Happier. So give it a try if you are not doing it yet!

Of course, there is much more to do at home, like experiment with new recipes, trying out different sports, start painting or drawing, visit museums online, discover new types of music or complete a puzzle. But maybe most importantly next to all these things you can do to keep your Growth Mindset active is to reserve some time to relax, reflect and enjoy this new reality. I hope these tips will help you to make the most of your time at home and who knows you will keep on doing these things when we go back to our normal’ lives!

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Guest blog by Emilie Kielstra
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