The way you spend your free time after work says a lot about your life and your career. Do you take on extra responsibilities related to work at the times you should be resting or doing things you enjoy? What you do on evenings, weekends and even vacations can influence your career and the way it’s headed immensely. Think about how you’ve spent your last couple of evenings, weekends or vacations. Are your after-work activities (or the lack of) helping you become more productive and successful or are they holding you back? If you have no idea how a person who wants to become successful or already is should be spending their free time, here are a few examples of how successful people choose to spend their after-work hours, or days off.
1. They exercise
Sitting on the couch and watching TV after you come home from work can be tempting, but working out has its purpose for working people, and it’s not just to get into shape or lose weight. Engaging in physical activity regularly relieves stress that you might have been dealing with at work, boosts your confidence and resilience and clears your mind. Working out after work will help you relax, refresh your body and mind and then go home feeling better. People who work out tend to be more productive, creative and energized, so it’s normal that they are more successful than people who just lie around.
If you have numerous obligations once you get back home from work and you don’t think you have the time to work out, then get up a little earlier and do a morning workout. Go for an early swim, exercise during your lunch break or squeeze in a half an hour run before going to bed. Almost all successful people work out in their free time, including Barack and Michele Obama. If such busy people can do it, so can you – it can only do you good.