{Monday Musings} Does having a hobby make you a better employee?

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Having a work/life balance seems like such a distant dream at times, and we often feel guilty for spending time on hobbies outside of our jobs because we are convinced we should be investing that time on advancing our careers.

I’ve definitely been there during my corporate days and have even felt guilty about leaving work on time to go to a fitness class. But on the days that I did force myself to leave the confines of my desk to do something for myself, I found myself being much more productive during the day and wasting less time in order to ensure a timely exit. This makes me think now, does having a work/life balance actually make you a better employee? Here are three reasons why I believe the answer is yes.

1. Better time management
Needing to leave the office on time to make it to a dance or martial arts class definitely puts a little more pressure on you during the day to complete your work and not waste time. Efficient time management is definitely a skill that improves your daily work life!

2. Hobbies make you a more creative person
From my observations, employees who invest time on nothing but work and socializing tend to be less creative than those who have interests outside of the workplace. Instead of having a one track mind, people with hobbies are able to think about things from different angles as their minds have been stimulated in various ways outside of work. Fresh ideas are always a good thing for business!

3. People with hobbies are more social
Whether it’s cooking or body building, hobbies are more often than not a social exercise. They help you meet new people from different walks of life and interact in ways that you wouldn’t with people from work or your personal life. These increased social skills make you a more confident and better networker, and we all know a solid network is gold in the business world!

What do you think? Are hobbies a waste of time or do they actual force you to use your time more wisely?

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