5 Ways to Get Work Done without Actually Working
Everyone is aware that our college work habits are vital to our success. But most don’t realize that our non-work habits are as well. Believe it or not, there are a few ways to use your free time to your advantage.
Below are 5 non-work activities that will help you get more work done without actually having to do work.
If you’re the type to spend weekends slaving over your latest paper or project instead of going out on the town, then you might want to rethink your choices – not just for the benefit of your social life, but for the benefit of your grades, mental health and business endeavors.
The reason is simple: success gets easier as your network gets bigger.
Many people don’t think hanging out with friends is a prime networking opportunity, but you never know when a friend of a friend will have just the right skill, connection, or opportunity to help take your career goals to the next level.
The more people you meet, the better the odds are that one of them will be able to help you out, whether immediately or years down the road. If not, no worries: friends are a nice thing to have in their own right.
Another Reason to Make Friends
Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, being socially savvy has never been more important. Having an active social life will help you keep with the current trends and make sure you don’t get too socially awkward while typing out your tweets.
#2 Buy a Good Chair
Take notice as you’re reading this. Do you have good posture? Are your elbows bent at 90 degrees as you type? Do you feel comfortable and alert right now?
If not, it may be time to hit up mommy and daddy for a high back ergonomic chair.
Not having a good chair is sort of like being a marathon runner without good shoes.
Whether you’re a gamer, college nerd, internet entrepreneur, or every day college student having a good chair is essential. Not having a good chair is sort of like being a marathon runner without good shoes. It may not seem very important at first, but it will begin to wear on you over time.
You’re probably studying from your desk at least five hours a day. If you’re chair isn’t providing ample back and lumbar support during that time, you’re going to be more tired by the end of your work day than you should be.
While they can be expensive – not any more expensive than a few visits to the chiropractor’s office.
#3 Have A Couple ‘Go To’ sites
If you’re a book lover, then you know there are few things more enjoyable than getting lost in the pages of a great novel.
But reading can also be a great way to make progress with your schooling – and I’m not just talking textbooks and newspapers.
Reading magazines, blogs, books and newspapers will keep you up on what’s current, which will help you stay relevant.
Please note: Reading novels can help spur your imagination and reading biographies will give you day-by-day insight into the way successful people lived their lives.
Fun Fact: Reading isn’t just about learning more about how to succeed. It also increases your skill with language, which will help you to communicate with customers, clients, and potential investors. Start reading daily and you may start talking your way into closing more deals.
#4 Stop Reinventing The Wheel
Some students are so set on bootstrapping that they try to do everything themselves.
That’s an admirable goal, but it’s not very efficient. Inevitably, they spend a lot of time learning new skills and making first-time mistakes. As Warren Buffett would say, they’ve left their “circle of competence.”
It’s also a huge time commitment. Instead of spending your time brainstorming the best way to write a resume you could just download a template or visit your schools resource center.
There is no need to create your own study guide on material you think will be on the exam if your professor provides you with one. Learning to follow instruction can sometimes be a good thing that can say you lots of time and effort.
#5 Go for a Run
You already know that running can make you healthier and leaner – but it can also be a great way to get work done without working.
If you’ve hit a mental roadblock, staring at your computer screen probably isn’t the best way to overcome it.
If you’ve hit a mental roadblock, staring at your computer screen probably isn’t the best way to overcome it. Getting outside and going for a short run will help your body get into a rhythm and give you a fresh outlook.
It’s a great way to have an idea breakthrough, like thinking of a solution to a nagging problem or finding the right angle to enter a new market.
Go the Distance
“I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period.”
Running also reinforces a mindset of commitment. With longer distances especially, it’s necessary that you develop the attitude that you won’t give up no matter what.
This will come in handy when you face roadblocks on your college journey. Very simply, a mindset of commitment is something that you’ll need if you ever want to have real success in anything.
Does Not Working Really Work?
Next time you’ve got some free time, remember these activities.
Instead of reaching for the TV remote, read about the life of a person you admire. Instead of staying in, go out and meet some new people.
You’ll be absolutely surprised with how much of an effect your not work habits have on your work habits.
What are some of your non-work habits?
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist