Spare Time: How and Why It Is Important To Take Time For Yourself #CP

Working the majority of your time can be vital to your growth in your career but it is overwhelming when you forget about giving yourself time to yourself. Having time to yourself allows you to realign your life goals and tidy any loose ends that could be at the back of your mind. Introducing a weekly reset into your routine will ensure that you always make time in your diary to write down everything that needs to be done and complete them so you can start the next week with a fresh mind.

Introducing hobbies and interests

As part of your routine you need to add time for hobbies and work on your interests to keep them alive. It will take your mind away from work related subjects so you can relax fully. There are many activities you can do as your hobby that you can go to, that will take your mind away. You will notice after investing some of your time into hobbies you will feel fresh and more motivated to go to work and achieve your goals.

Keeping up to date with football scores using the championship table will keep you occupied in your free time allowing you to follow something interesting. Following your favourite team's journey is a great way to put your passion into something other than work. Without this, you might not find time to watch every game in full but you will still be able to keep track of how they are doing.

Another hobby which is good for your mindset is to do something restful such as reading non fiction or fictional books. You do not have to be very good at it but it will allow you to switch off as your brain will know that this is relaxing time.

Spending time with family

It can be so difficult when you are wrapped up in an interesting project at work to pull away from it. Taking yourself away from this will ensure your mind is rested but also in the mood for coming up with new ideas that could improve your work project. Spending time with your family is important to keep relationships healthy but can do a world of good for your mental state. Whether it is taking your children out to the park or having a games night with the whole family one evening. Your children will be happy that they have your attention which will allow your bond to thrive whilst ensuring you are getting some fresh air.

Taking time for yourself doesn't mean you need to be doing something all of the time but you could be sitting down in a quiet area of your home looking at your football scores or doing an activity that involves being in the fresh air. Both in which will make your overall mood better because you will be well rested in between your work days. This will help you to work harder and smarter because your mind and body will be ready to go after having time to recuperate.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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