When we think about our lives, we typically put our work in one bucket and everything else in another. That’s not a terrible idea—it can help you keep clear boundaries and cultivate a better work/life balance.
But have you ever stopped to think about how the pursuits you take up in your personal life can benefit you professionally? It’s true! I’m not talking about picking up the latest self-help book promoting business success, either.
I’m talking about hobbies! Believe it or not, taking part in activities you enjoy outside of the workplace can benefit your work and your franchising success in the long run. Here’s why:
Hobbies Can Help Alleviate Burnout
Burnout seems to be ubiquitous these days. It affects people at every stage of their career in every single industry—and it’s even more common as we continue through the pandemic.
At its root, burnout occurs when you experience too much stress. We all get stressed out, and a small amount of stress is a good thing for our productivity. However, too much stress is not. That’s why it’s important to find healthy ways to manage stress.
Any activity you enjoy or that is relaxing can fit the bill, stress management-wise. That hobby you love is perfect.
Hobbies Can Stimulate Creativity
Even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative,” creativity is a skill that’s a necessity in the day-to-day work you do as a franchisee. For that matter, it’s needed in almost every job.
Some days, though, it can be hard to find that burst of inspiration. You may find yourself struggling to brainstorm a solution or determine a strategy.
Walking away from the project and turning to another activity, like a hobby, can be beneficial. Not only will it provide your mind with a reset, but it may also help provide that spark you need.
Hobbies Can Cure You of Perfectionism
All too often in our work, we find ourselves aiming for perfection. But perfection can be the enemy when you’re striving for success in the ever-changing world of franchising.
Taking up a new hobby, like learning to play a musical instrument or mastering a language, can help get you out of the “perfection” mindset. After all, nobody’s ever great at something new right off the bat.
Let your hobbies remind you that sometimes the act of doing is better than doing perfectly.
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