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How to Think Smart About Your Downtime

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Recharging after work

What we do in our downtime matters. For example, sports-related hobbies are beneficial for recharging because they require active engagement and distract the mind from work-related issues.

We all know that a constant connection to your work makes it harder to swit...

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One approach for recharging leads to balance and recovery. It suggests you use your downtime for something unrelated to your job that will refresh you. Think about it in terms of detachment, relaxation, autonomy, mastery, meaning, and affiliation.

You first have to underst...

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Enrichment Theory offers a perspective from work psychology and points out that the skills and experiences we build in our free time can complement our work performance.

It suggests that you find a hobby that touches on your job in some way. If you want to use your le...

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Both perspectives of work psychology - one based on balance and recovery, the other on enrichment - are correct, depending on how you view a particular hobby. Consider if you take the hobby seriously or not.

A serious approach would be where you actively identify yourself with the activity...

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For serious hobbies similar to your work, research found that if you spend too much time on them, you're effectively spreading yourself too thin, and it could dent your confidence at work.

But, taking a casual approach to a hobby that is similar to your work may benefit fr...

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A hobby that is taken seriously is not a problem is it is sufficiently different from work.

Spending more time on a serious hobby that is different from work is beneficial as it leads to feelings of greater professional confidence.

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