If you live in the Midwest, it’s a snow day.  It would be very easy for that to mean “work from home day”, but remember when you were a kid.  Remember what a real snow day was with movies, hot chocolate and playing outside?

A ‘business’ snow day can also be something different and special.  Give the phones and email a day off.  Instead, try one of the following:

  1. Sleep in late. Go ahead.  When was the last time you slept in on a weekday and you weren’t sick or on vacation?  Set your regular alarm but when it rings, smile, roll over and go back to sleep.
  2. Spend more time on social media. Let this be a day for drifting off topic and see where Facebook and Twitter take you (and what you can learn in the process).
  3. Do something that you never would have time to do at work.  What is the one thing that if you had two hours to focus on would make a big difference in your business?  Go do that today.
  4. For part of the day, watch a movie with your family or a nearby friend.  It doesn’t even have to be Glengarry Glen Ross or Wall Street.
  5. Read a business book or catch up on business periodicals that you never have time to read.  Skip over the information that you do not find interesting and highlight what you can use in your business.
  6. Video chat with friends or close clients.  Connecting through video and talking only about the weather can be relationship building.
  7. Teach your children to be entrepreneurs. After they shovel your place, encourage them to go out and make money doing other driveways.
  8. Volunteer your time to help  neighbors that are stuck in. This many be the most valuable thing you do all day.
  9. Invite a competitor to a snow ball fight. Winner takes your largest customer.
  10. Build a snowman to look like your ideal employee.  Take  enough time to admire them before it melts and becomes a figment of your imagination.

What are you going to do with your snow day?