Looking for ways to improve yourself and your career? Having the proper hobby might be the answer. What you spend your time doing after work can have a profound effect on your mind, body, and career. Let’s review the top 5 hobbies that will improve your day job.

1. Read (at least) One Book Per Month

Hands down the most underrated hobby you can have, reading opens up new worlds of possibility. Reading can expand your creativity, help you improve yourself, and alleviate stress. Regardless of whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, make it a point to try to read at least one book per month. You can divide the number of pages into daily reading assignments to ensure you finish.

2. Exercise

The world of business can be stressful at the best of times. What’s more, a busy schedule sets up temptation for skipping on your diet and exercise plan. Dedicating yourself to being more physically active, and ideally exercising, can help to improve your mood, cardiovascular health, and overall wellness. As a result, you’ll have more energy for your job, and hopefully a better attitude upon stepping into the office.

3. Learn a New Skill

Taking some time each day to actively learn a new skill can provide a variety of benefits. Learning new things keeps your brain young and sharp. What’s more, if the skill you’re learning is related to your job, you’ll be making yourself a more valued member of the team. Experts suggest that just 30 minutes per day spent studying your field will make you a certified expert within five years. The time will pass anyway; make the most of it.

4. Go on Adventures

Spending all of your time working can have the opposite of the intended effect: you’ll become less productive and possibly resentful toward your profession. The solution? Take a break, get away from your desk and your phone, and go on an adventure.

Whether it’s an overnight camping trip or an extended vacation abroad, the benefits of disconnecting from your work have been shown time and time again. Taking time for yourself helps you relax, de-stress, and get better at your job. So go ahead and take that vacation time.

5. Meditation

As an executive, you know only too well how often your patience is tested. All it takes is one outburst to ruin a potential client deal or even your job. What to do? Learn to meditate.

Meditation has been shown to help alleviate stress, frustration, and anxiety during our toughest times. You can start meditating right now. Simply focus on taking deep belly breaths, counting each one as it passes. Start with a few minutes and add another minute every couple of weeks.

What Hobby Do You Have That Has Improved Your Job?

Are you an avid reader? Do you do something that I didn’t mention above? Let me know in the comments below!

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