Busy entrepreneurs often find it difficult to relax and unwind. After all, you understandably want to take every step possible to turn your startup venture into a profitable success. To accomplish your goals, you may regularly spend long hours each day running errands, focusing on growth avenues and more. When you feel run down or fatigued, your impulse may be to grab a quick catnap before getting back to work.
Taking a nap is one way to rest your body, but sometimes, an even better idea may be to give yourself a mental break you need in a constructive way. Through a hobby, you can switch gears to re-energize, but you may also be able to improve your primary career efforts in unique ways.
1. Unleashing Your Creativity
Your current job responsibilities may not give you the opportunity to explore the depths of your creativity, and a hobby can enable you to unleash this important aspect of your development. In a study conducted at San Francisco State University, as many as 30 percent of the participants performed better in their primary jobs when they indulged in a creative hobby. You probably already know what you love doing, what you’re good at, and what relaxes you. Now, let’s find out how it is good for you.
Art. Through visual arts, you may become more detail-oriented and see things from a new perspective. Photography, painting, crafts, filmmaking… all make you concentrate on details and present them in your own way. This will translate to your business: you will able to find the most important aspect of each situation, know what to emphasize and what you can disregard at that moment. On the other hand, if you develop your writing skills, it will be easier to write the advertising copy for your product. Also, you can use your storytelling abilities to improve your marketing efforts or to reposition your brand and to make it more relatable. Finally, with this woken-up creativity, new business ideas will blossom in your mind.
Handwork. Using your hands to make something new also results in a unique work of art. Let’s take cooking as an example. Knowing how to prepare your own meals is a basic life skill. Not only this, but it also enables you to focus on visual details and teaches you to be patient while producing wonderful results. In addition, you may be able to share some of your delicious creations with your team, i.e., family, as a special reward.
2. Recharging While Doing What You Love
Regardless of whether you play chess, do yoga or participate in some other activity as a hobby, it can help you completely take your mind off of work for a period of time. When you spend so much time, and effort focused on one thing entirely, your brain may have trouble seeing the entire situation clearly. When you take a break, however, you can more clearly see the big picture while also paying attention to small details. When you take a step back from work and slow down, productivity may actually increase.
Another important aspect of doing what you love is that the cost is minimal. Starting a business can drain you of cash, and drive you out of your mind. To eliminate work-related stress and financial stress, you can go to an expensive resort, pay for a massage or even go to therapy. You can also save your hard-earned and much-needed money by taking your mind off of your pressures in an affordable way. For example, the cost to put together a jigsaw puzzle or to go jogging is minimal.
3. Expanding Your Horizons
Some hobbies provide you with wonderful and often enriching experiences that you may otherwise not be able to have. For example, you may have to travel substantially for your startup, but you may have little time for personal vacations. When you allow time in your business trips to go sightseeing and to immerse yourself in a local culture, you may open your eyes to new perspectives and get wonderful ideas to help your business grow.
Likewise, learning a foreign language in your free time can make you more valuable from a professional standpoint. The world is a much smaller place than it once was, and it is beneficial to be able to communicate with many different people.
You could even volunteer in your free time to de-stress and to enrich yourself. While volunteering is great for your public image as a business professional, it also can introduce you to new people and open your mind to new ways of doing things. Each of these and other hobbies can make you an all-around happier person in different ways.
As a busy entrepreneur, you have to remember that taking time off to enjoy activities that you find personally rewarding is important for your health and well-being. More than that, these activities can also benefit your professional venture in critical ways. Spend time finding a hobby that you can enjoy doing regularly, or make plans to allocate time to an existing hobby on a more regular basis.
About the Author:
Michelle Laurey is a freelance writer who enjoys relaxing in the fresh air,fitness, trying to live a healthy life and daydreaming about visiting new places (and actually visiting them). Her best ideas and problem solutions appear while she’s riding her bicycle. You can reach her via Twitter.