Professional Development

Change Your Life Forever by Spending 1 Hour a Day Doing These 5 Things

Written by Peter Jones

Most people only spend 8 hours per day at work. If you work 5 days a week, that’s 40 hours. Even if your job is super intense and you’re working 60-80 hour weeks, you still have hours and hours of time to yourself. Okay, you have to spend a lot of that sleeping—that’s important. But in the hours of leisure time left to you, there are things you could be doing to vastly improve your future. Rather than just blowing all those hours on happy hours and Netflix, why not try spending an hour a day doing these 5 things and see what happens?

1. Make your evenings matter

Don’t just rely on your working hours to gain skills and knowledge and make your career magic happen. Try doing a little bit each day off the clock that will help you advance in your career, not just get your daily job tasks done. Take online classes, develop new skills, practice and master old ones. Keep pushing yourself to learn more and do more and you’ll be amazed at how much faster you advance at work.

2. Read more

It almost doesn’t matter what you’re reading. Keeping the habit, taking in knowledge, considering other points of view—all of this makes you more interesting and interested in the world around you. One hour spent learning about a new topic makes you that much closer to being respected by your boss and peers as “in the know.” Plus, the benefits to your general knowledge and vocabulary will be palpable.

3. Side projects

If your company won’t give you the opportunity to take your new skills and interests for a test spin, try volunteering. Find a way to have practical expression of what you’re learning so it can really start to translate into workable results. If nothing else, these side hobbies and projects will help keep you feeling fulfilled.

4. Build your network

Even if you just spend 10 minutes a day maintaining your contacts, reach out, participate in conversations on social media or LinkedIn, and pursue new ones. You’ll start to see a major difference and that work will really pay off when you need to rely on your network to change jobs or take your career to the next level.

5. Start now

Don’t start this next week—or after the holidays. Start tonight. Don’t put off what can become such an ingrained habit that you hardly realize it is a chore you’ve set yourself.

If you can get to the point where you are doing these 5 things naturally? You’ll be well on your way to actualizing your success.

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1 Comment

  • Where to take the time for the high priority tasks and thereby achieve success?
    The algorithm of your actions is very simple :

    1. First you need to investigate what your time is spent. During a period (one-six months ) keep records of time – what are your doings and how long they takes.

    To do this, there is ample choice of applications (eg, TimeStats Pomodoro Planner).

    2. With the application reports analyze statistics of using time for the period. Priorities.

    You can use the A-B-C method.

    A – cases that have a significant impact on your future and must be fulfilled – “urgent and important matters.” These matters are paramount and urgent and should be done by yourself, because they are most complex and needs your knowledge and skills.

    B – things that do not have the critical value at the moment, but which are essential to achieve the goal.

    C – things that are classified as “turnover”. They are eaters of time. They take about 65% of the time. Their share in achieving the objective is only 20%. Your employees which are not highly qualified can handle with goals from the list C.

    3. Now, distributing cases in groups, get rid of affairs of the group C. The main ways of getting rid of these cases is shifting of cases from this group to those who generate them. If that is not possible – delegate.

    Remember: if you focus on the most important cases, is about 35 %, and get rid of the “time wasters” – you give yourself 65 % of the time.

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