How you can use your coronavirus downtime wisely

By Matt Danswan

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of spare time in my life. Between working, going to church and chasing around four children, there is not a lot of spare time.

And that is not necessarily a good thing. When we’re racing around and chasing our tales, we are so busy that we don’t have the time – or at least take the time – to stop and work on other areas of our life.

It could be spiritual, health, fitness, reading, planning, studying – all the things that are not seemingly urgent, but in the long run, make all the difference. It’s a busy life and we all have places to be… except for now.

The whole world has seemingly stopped. Everyone is being asked to work from home. It appears that we’re all going to be spending a lot of time sitting around. I just received an email saying my son’s soccer training is canceled until the middle of April, I have just read that I won’t even be able to go to Starbucks to drink my coffee or Chick-fil-A for a burger. Even Disneyland is shut.

There is nowhere we are going to be able to go soon. Even churches are closed… which means that this is the perfect time to stop and work on your life. What areas need attention that don’t get it when your schedule is full? If you’re in business, you might be so busy all the time that you lack a moment to lift your head to check that you’re in fact going in the right direction.

For me, I am working on a new book called The YOU Economy, which desperately needs my attention to be out as per what we are scheduled for, so I’ll use some of my downtime on getting it complete.

Innovation in many areas of our life is crucial. We all need to work on aspects of our life including our health, spiritual health, fitness, our finances, and generally taking care of our future to ensure we are in good condition. This coronavirus might all be over in a few weeks and we’re back to being on the treadmill of life, so I encourage you to use your downtime wisely. You can watch show after show on Netflix, you can spend hours trawling through social media – or you can use your time wisely and evaluate the areas that really need some extra attention.


This article first appeared on Christian Woman & Co, a new initiative helping Christian women in business and Christian mompreneurs.

Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of Christian Woman. He also blogs at and is the author of NOT Business As Usual.