7 Ways to Take Advantage of Rainy Days

Rain, rain, go away.

Not likely, says the trusty weather persons who keep delivering the unwelcomed news that rain will continue to pop-up across the region. The rain has seemed to make itself at home the last few days and whether we like it or not, we’d better find some ways to make the best of it!

Here are a few suggestions on how we can keep a smile on our face and stay productive during these rainy days!

  1. Rest

Let’s be honest, there is no better music to our sleeping ears than the hypnotic sounds of rain. If you’ve been waiting on an excuse to catch a few extra z’s, here’s your perfect opportunity. In general, Americans are extremely sleep deprived and in desperate need some real rest. If you fall into this category, cancel your evening plans and get to bed at a decent hour. Getting a full night’s sleep will dramatically affect your productivity the next day and overall health. Do this for a few days, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!

  1. Organize Your Nemesis Room

We all have that room in our house that drastically needs our attention. We keep the door closed, only opening it for a few seconds to throw something else inside. It’s always in the back of your mind as a room that needs your attention, but because no one else ever goes inside, it stays at the bottom of your list. Since you’re stuck indoors avoiding the rain, take this chance to go all in. Once you get it done, you’ll feel a weight has lifted, and hey, you might even keep the door open!

  1. Learn Something New

While you probably can’t become fluent in Mandarin or become a sewing salvant, you definitely can spark a new hobby by trying something new. With the handy ole’ internet, you can teach yourself pretty much everything. Take advantage of a few hours to yourself to try something you’ve always wanted to learn!

  1. Update Your LinkedIn (and other social media) Profile

While this might not be the most exciting thing on the list, updating your LinkedIn profile is a pretty important task, especially when you’re on the hunt a few job. With the dominance of social media, employers will check you out online so making sure your social media profiles portray an accurate representation of who you are is key. LinkedIn is especially important since the professional online network is often used to submit resumes. And speaking of resumes,  go ahead and give your resume a fresh update. Revising your resume when you’re not actually looking for a job will let you see it with a fresh perspective. And just imagine how happy you’ll be when you actually need it and voila! It’s already done!

  1. Dream

Sound ridiculous? Well, think about it. When was the last time you sat down and asked yourself some really important questions?  What do you want to do with your life? What kind of person do you want to become? Are you making good decisions? Grab a pen and some paper and think about your life, your future and your present. Take notes on what you see for yourself in ten years, where you are now, and how you can get there. You’ll be surprised at what you can discover about yourself in just a few hours!

  1. Evaluate Your Finances

Well, no one said it had to be rainy day fun. But for real, do you know exactly how much you spend every month on dining out, shopping or utilities? Most of us just set up direct deposit and have our bills automatically deducted, hoping we don’t accidentally overdraft. Take the time to look over your spending habits and identify some areas where you might be overspending. Look at your utilities and see if there are some ways you can save some cash by budgeting more efficiently. Give us a call at Volunteer Energy (800-977-8374). We have different pricing structures available that can help you control your energy costs.

  1. Netflix Binge

After suggesting you evaluate your finances, you probably need to veg out, so take advantage of shows that are fully stocked on Netflix and go waste some time. Netflix is a perfect remedy for a rainy day, especially if you happen to find your favorite t.v. show has all seasons stored up and waiting for you. Don’t feel guilty about spending a few hours on your comfy sofa watching your favorite show; everyone needs a break! Best to set some limits though—we all know Netflix can be a bit addicting!

Hopefully after reading our suggestions, you won’t see these rainy days as such a downer. Of course we’d all like every summer day to be sunny and 75 degrees, but when the rain keeps us inside, try to take advantage of the downtime to finish up some old projects or get a jumpstart on something new.

Have another idea on how to stay productive on rainy days? Leave us a comment & share your rainy day plans!

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