How to Have a Life Outside of Work
When serving in uniform, work life and personal life are sometimes indistinguishable. You tend to be closely associated with the people in your unit. Especially in the civilian world, there’s more to life than work. But it’s not that easy to have a life outside of work in our society. People interact less in person. Everyone is obsessed with their electronic devices. Most people are genuinely pretty busy, too.
However, you can have a life outside of work even if you spend most of your time alone. A solo hobby isn’t less significant than spending time with others.
Of course, you can have a life outside of work with others, but it might take some effort on your part.
Consider these tips:
1. Free up your time
One of the obstacles most people face when attempting to create an active and fulfilling life outside of work is time.
- They’re just too busy to get out of the house. Or they feel so overwhelmed by their lives they can’t quite seem to work up the mental energy to interact with the world any more than they already are.
- Make time for what really matters to you.
2. Follow your interests
What do you like to do? What interests you? You’ve already put in a hard day at work, so it’s time to enjoy yourself.
- Forget about impressing others. How do you want to spend your free time? Do you want to go dancing? Or would you rather play cards? Maybe you’d like to learn to ride a motorcycle or become a black belt in karate.
- Avoid the urge to just be social. You can be social while doing something you love. Or, maybe you like spending time by yourself but want to do it in a more meaningful way.
3. Be likeable
If you want to do more things with people, work on being more likeable. That doesn’t mean you have to give your personality a complete makeover, but everyone has a few traits that could use a little polishing. If people like you, they’ll want to include you in more activities.
Stop wasting your time on the big timewasters: the internet, your phone, the TV, and video games. You can find other things to do that won’t leave you feeling empty and annoyed that you wasted so much time.
5. Ask others to spend time with you outside of work
Be proactive and ask a few people to do things with you. Ask someone to go for a hike. Ask your coworkers out for a drink. Go shopping. Go out of town for the weekend.
- There are a lot of bored people in the world that would love to get out of the house!
- Reconnect with old friends It’s common to lose track of your friends over the years, even friends that live close by. No one ever said that you can only speak to them once a year. Pick up the phone and reach out to them.
- You can even meet for a Zoom chat once a week and share your lives or play a game together online.
6. Make a schedule
By the time you go to bed on Sunday night, try to have plans to do something outside of work at least once over the next week. Create plans and put them on your schedule.
Work is important, but it’s only one aspect of life. A balanced life includes meaningful activities and socializing outside of work.
There are still a lot of hours in the day after subtracting work and sleep. How are you currently using those hours? How can you use that time in a more meaningful manner? You can start building a wonderful life outside of work that brings you greater fulfillment, joy, and life satisfaction.
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