Weekly Reads – April 14th

I have skipped the previous week of Weekly Reads because we spent the weekend celebrating the birthday of the man – which despite the quarantine, we managed to make it fun and even a bit social with some video calls and drop by visits by our window – and I could not bring myself to finishing the reads in time.

Thankfully, we’ve had the long Easter weekend in between and I am so happy to have had it; as I finish up writing this week’s reads I am definitely not looking forward to the workweek starting again. We had lots of fun during this short break, from baking delicious banana bread – yes, again – to joining my favourite HIIT workout for an online class and binge-watching the first season of Apple Original’s “Home before dark” – which I highly recommend.

Other than that, I am still staying pretty sane despite it being week 349 of quarantine. In the last week, we’ve been squeezing in some couple workouts such as outdoor micro runs, as well as some indoors workouts with the new weights that finally arrived. During this time, what I am struggling the most with is finding the motivation to work out consistently so I am happy to still do it even if it’s very inconsistent and mostly what I would call micro workouts. 

I hope you are all finding the inner strength to keep pushing through this time, stay sane, healthy and keep motivating yourself to stay productive and achieve whatever it is that you are focusing on right now – even if that’s just binge-watching a Netflix show.

 

Weekly Reads April 13
Coffee at one of my favourite coffee shops.

 

The Weekly Reads

 

Perfecting your resume. I think that right now is a pretty good time to work on your resume. While a lot of companies are in a hiring freeze, if you are thinking to make a switch at any point in the near future, it’s better to make use of the extra spare time that you might have now and have your resume ready when companies will be hiring again. Here are the best resumes hiring managers have seen and also here is my post I wrote not too long ago with some tips for resumes and also a free template that you can download and use.

What to do. With unemployment booming everywhere right now or reduced working times being a reality for many, being able to swiftly react to a change in your employment is critical. Career Contessa has some good tips on how to handle such situations that bring a lot of stress and a bit of foresight and organization can help feel more in control.

Work from home recipes. I don’t know about you but with working from home I am often ending up skipping lunches or resort to a second breakfast; to be fair, I could eat avocado and egg toast on repeat for the rest of my life. I can understand not everyone has such a simple palate as I do, so here are some ideal work for home lunch ideas.

Career journaling. Daily journaling is more and more used for personal life reviews and reflections over what sparks joy in daily life. Applying the same principle to your work life can be a way of bringing the same mindfulness to your career. A weekly or even daily work inventory can be useful on the more practical side of things – you will always record those important events/projects/etc. – but can also serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come, a recap of your career trajectory and become a source of inspiration and motivation to keep going.

April backgrounds. Now that we see our desktop wallpapers more often than not, we could all use some fresh, spring-inspired tech backgrounds to refresh that view.

 

Thank you for reading and I hope you are all staying healthy and safe!

 

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