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SIX WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

SIX WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

SIX WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

As we all learn the nuances of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us will be spending a lot more time at home. Instead of becoming a couch potato and developing “cabin fever,” there are a number of activities you can participate in that you may not otherwise think of. Staying home, you may have a bit more time on your hands. Here are our top six suggestions:

  • Do you know about MasterClass on YouTube? If not, you may be surprised to know there is a whole channel where you can learn new skills. Best of all, you will learn from the best in their fields. Learn how to cook from Gordon Ramsey, how to write a TV pilot from Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), or even how to be a magician from Penn and Teller. These are not comprehensive classes. What you will find on YouTube are the intro videos for each class, and a link to sign up for the full course.
  • Get your tax documents in order. The good news is that the federal tax day, April 15 annually, has been moved all the way to July 15. That is a three month reprieve, during which time you will not be charged interest or penalties. You may want to use this extra time to get your documents together, and to research possible deductions. As for Louisiana, as of this writing it has not been announced if the state filing day will be similarly extended to July. Check this page from the Louisiana Department of Revenue for updates and announcements.
  • Get physical! In case you have not heard, our Strength Science Studios is open for business, and we encourage your to keep up your fitness routine, or become a new member. But if you elect to stay home, click here for 50 fitness routines you can incorporate into your daily life, complete with videos. For seniors, here is a strength, stretching and balance program designed just for you that takes only a few minutes each day.
  • Organize your home office. If you were already doing some of your work from home, chances are you will be doing most of it in your home office until the current pandemic abates. First, just a reminder that your home office may be deductible. Check out our recent post on how to calculate your home office deduction. This may be a great time to declutter your office and find ways to more effectively use the space.
  • Visit your doctor – from your living room! In case you have not heard, the government has expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive various services through telehealth including common office visits, mental health counseling, and preventive health screenings. Click here for a full list of Medicare-covered telehealth services.
  • Reconsider your budget. Even if your income is not negatively affected during this period, it may be a great idea to take a look at your budget – if you have one. If you do not have one, this is the ideal time to create one. Some of us get so busy during normal times that we do not pay enough attention to where we are spending our money. Here is the good news: budgeting does not have to be a laborious, time consuming task that requires reams of spreadsheets. You may recall we suggested an easy way to track your spending just by using user-friendly apps on your phone. Take a look – click here. Managing your finances can be empowering.

By the way, if you are a client of JCN Financial, you have no doubt heard John Neyland’s philosophy of life  — he believes in three things: F.U.N. So be sure to build some fun into these challenging times!

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