Most people think that, your career success is determined by the hours of hustle and effort you put at work, This isn’t surprising. In our current culture of competitive workaholics who regularly work long hours, office schedule is considered by many, the most valuable time of their professional life but your success can be largely attributed to what you do after work. Spend few hours everyday with these habits and see the results after a year.
Once, when Warren Buffet was asked how to get smarter in business, he held up a stack of papers and said, “read this much every day. That’s how you accumulate knowledge, like compound interest.” Buffett also spend lots of time at home reading books and newspapers. Most of us don’t read that much every day. He also claims that he does more reading and thinking, and makes less impulse decisions than most people in business.” Makes sense; the better read you are, the more informed you are, the less impulsive you are.
Actively build your connections
Robert Kiyosaki, the bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad says..The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work. You accelerate almost everything in career and business if you have a strong network of connections. If you have not set up your own personal connections, you’ll need to spend a portion of your time at work doing this. A strong network of relationships, can enable you to contact qualified people for their opinions, gain sources of information that are not easy to obtain, help the company look for more potential partners and clients – those connections could become your first customer once you are on your own running your business.
Work as a freelancer
As a freelancer, you will learn skill sets out of job requirements that you might not gain as a traditional employee. These skills may include marketing, web design and client development as well as knowledge in a broad range of practice areas. You can apply the knowledge learnt to your own work scenario, if the company you’re working with does not provide sufficient training to develop you. Operating a freelance business allows someone to create an asset that can be very profitable down the road. Your reputation, client list and other business assets can net you additional income. Here are websites to get you started: Freelancer / Upwork
We are plugged with things from the present, past and the future. Taking some time to slow down, sit still and control your breathing will allow you to keep yourself grounded and present in the moment. Meditating regularly can change your life. Try this meditation app.
Play a physically demanding sport.
Our bodies and minds require us to exert ourselves physically to perform efficiently. The mind and body are tightly linked — one directly affecting the other. The chemicals that our bodies release while playing intense sports help the brain function properly. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun.
Engage on brain stimulating activities
Studies relating to brain function consistently support one theory. Our brain is like a muscle. It gets stronger with practice. Scientists have shown that, when people study hard and learn new ways to study, their brains change and grow. So it is beneficial to continue learning new things like playing musical instruments, learning a foreign language, photography, etc. to keep your mind active.
Make sure you have everything you need ready to go just before bed time so you don’t rush like crazy when you get up morning. By clearing your head of mundane to-do-list you help yourself relieve stress and fall asleep faster.