543 - How Your 5-9 Affects Your 9-5

Posted September 7, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 543

Episode Title: How Your 5-9 Affects Your 9-5

Does the way you spend your free time have any effect on your working hours? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! The hours of 5 to 9 are often synonymous with side hustles and creative pursuits that have little or nothing to do with our day jobs. 

 

What many of us don’t realize is that our 5 to 9 hours are a great time to invest in our 9 to 5 careers—and I don’t mean by working late or spending all our evenings taking courses or training. It is the very “different-ness” between our career and our creative interests that gives us an edge at work. 

 

Doing something creative that has little or nothing to do with our primary jobs causes our brains to create neural pathways that would otherwise be unforged. Creative work during our 5 to 9 hours can positively affect the rest of our life, and here are three reasons why:

 

Number 1, it flexes your brain in different ways and helps you recharge. 

Number 2, it can open up new doors—including professional opportunities, deeper relationships, and new ideas.

Number 3, building something can create a sense of deep inner satisfaction and achievement. It just feels good. 

 

In a way, doing something creative is like giving your mind a vacation. Stepping completely away from work, mentally as well as physically, can clear your head like nothing else. Then when you do get back to work, you’re fresh again.

 

Tomorrow: what if you just want to veg out after work instead of creating something? It’s a good question, and one that I’ll talk about on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!


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