You may wonder why my second post in the #jobseries (let’s make this a trending # people!) isn’t really about work at all. But, hear me out, it actually is. So many people make the mistake of thinking that going to work, coming home, eating, sleeping and repeating is all they’re capable of . Well, take my over-committed word for it – you can achieve so much more!
I’m really big on hobbies, for numerous reasons. One of the first questions I’ll always ask someone is what they enjoy doing outside of work and so often I hear that people just don’t have a life outside of work. I’m not saying this is wrong, but it’s very hard to achieve work life balance when your work is your life. Remember that little paragraph at the bottom of your CV? The ‘interests’ section? This isn’t put there to challenge your imagination (you will get weird looks if you put down ‘cat collector’ in this), it’s there to show your future employer that you’re a complete person with a well-rounded life.
Having hobbies is also a great way to meet new people – if that’s what you’re into (introverts fear not) and is vital to decreasing stress. If you have a full on job, leaving work and fully investing mentally/physically into something else is super important for your mental well-being. The best way to deflate stress is to not focus on the thing you’re stressing about (thank you psychology podcasts) and this can be really hard when you don’t have anything outside of work to throw your energy into.
Finally – hobbies show what kind of person you are. My hobbies, for example are yoga, gym, walking, reading, writing and being a Brownie leader (if you can count this as a hobby- it’s definitely an activity I enjoy). This tells you I’m active, like to work with children and am a bit of a book nerd. Hobbies help you develop bonds with people based on shared interests and we all know how important relationship building is to success (do we?).
You don’t have to pick something super time consuming, or expensive as your hobby. My general rule of thumb is to pick one indoor and one outdoor hobby (covers your bases in winter). Here’s some ideas of what you could do to boost your happiness, CV and maybe learn something new (gosh what a helpful blog today):
- Knitting club (seriously though – I hear they’re making a comeback)
- Sports – a lot of clubs have social grades you can join if you’re coordinationally challenged like myself
- Journalling/scrapbooking – if you’re a creative
- Networking events/groups – these can be for professional, or there are heaps of local book clubs, language clubs, you name it…
- Volunteering – as a Girl Guide Leader, SPCA dog walker (just don’t take them all home), mentor etc.
- Gym – if you hate the solo thing, try classes
- And if you hate the gym – dance classes (Viva Dance in town have a good range – I went to a Bollywood dance class once…)
- Learn a language – super good motivation to travel
- Finally – if all of these extremely helpful ideas don’t sound like you, try Meet Up, which has a huge host of different activities you can try with other keen people
If you already have hobbies, try something new! You might like it and it’s always going to look good at the bottom of your CV – let’s take a lesson from Twitter on this one: