Being creative outside of work makes you better at your job. If you want to start improving your work performance, then it’s time you start enjoying yourself as it seems that participating in after-work hobbies has a considerable impact on your overall performance at work.
Apart from using your free time to improve your work performance, these career-boosting hobbies will come in handy during job interviews when you’re asked to answer what you do in your spare time.
Maintaining the following seven hobbies can make potential candidates more appealing to employers as they tend to be more confident, less stressed, and they’re even provided with several networking opportunities outside as well as inside their work environment.
Okay, you might not be a very talented painter, but it won’t hurt you to just grab a brush and give it a go. Painting gives you the opportunity to express your emotions or deep thoughts that were suppressed during your busy day in the office. If you have been trying really hard to solve a problem at work, just take a short break, grab a brush, and your mind will open up to great ideas and solutions.
Contrary to popular belief, gardening is not an easy hobby. Caring for a living thing every day, making sure that it stays healthy and that it grows strong, trains you to be patient and persistent at work and in life in general. At work, you need to have the patience to fully complete a task, just like a plant can’t be forced or rushed to grow.
People who are involved in decorating are able to look at a space from various angles and clearly identify any possible problems and come up with solutions for what works best for all sides. By using this skill at work, you will be able to view projects from different angles and identify what adjustments need to be made, which work best, and how to go about making those changes. And with the help and suggestions of your colleagues, you will be able to recognize all the different paths a particular project has for it to become an instant success.
Dr. Kevin Eschleman, an assistant psychology professor at San Francisco State University says that “what a lot of activities similar to yoga and meditation can provide is a kind of mindfulness or self-exploration”. He goes on to say that “it makes you a bit more aware of what’s going on internally, and allows you to manage it”.
Even though it may seem irrelevant to an individual’s profession, it actually has a great impact on their overall work performance.
5. Playing a Musical Instrument
Learning how to play a musical instrument and, later on, becoming a musician, provides extensive skills such as experimenting, listening, self-discipline, and working well with teams. By developing your improvisation skills, you can ultimately overtake the fear of failure, always searching for fresh perspectives to fix an ongoing problem.
Volunteering for good causes offers you great leadership and networking opportunities. By connecting with such a community, you get into the whole idea that no man is an island and you, eventually, realize the importance of building and nurturing business relationships.
7. Playing Team Sports
If you want to improve your teamwork skills, you can always get involved in team sports as this provides you with a sense of resilience, the ability to work with others, the dedication to work hard and even strong communication skills.
Do you have any hobbies? Is there anything special about them? How have they helped you become better at your job? Let us know in the comments section below.