5 things to do for your career outside of the office.

things to do for your career

5 things to do for your career outside of the office.


There are a lot of things that you can do to further your career and improve yourself and your skills while you're based in the office. You can meet your deadlines, lead meetings and prove to your boss that you are able to come up with creative ideas and solutions to problems.

However, there are also a lot of things that you can do outside of the office that don't require you to spend a whole load of extra hours at your desk, that can give your skill-set and career a little boost.


Read.

There are so many incredible books out there that will help you to learn lots of new things. I, personally, love a good self-help book (particularly if it's a pretty one), and I find that reading these on the bus to work, or for a little while on a Saturday morning, really gives me some of the motivation I need, as well as extra knowledge.

My favourites at the minute are Little Black Book - A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba and How to be an Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis.


Get yourself a mentor.

This is something that I'm doing right now and I wish I'd been brave enough to do it sooner. I very much thrive off being in the company of women that inspire me, and recently I reached out to two women who I think are incredible in the industry I work in and who I look up to.

The idea is that we meet for coffee every so often, and I can ask questions, seek advice and guidance and have some rich conversations with ladies who have absolutely smashed their own careers so far, and whom I can learn from by hearing about their own experiences.


Blog.

Any kind of personal website or online portfolio can only strengthen your personal and professional brand, regardless of whether you're in a creative industry or not.

Setting aside time to work on something for you, can not only show that you have the discipline and motivation to keep a project going and see it through (even when there's no financial gain), but it has the potential to showcase a whole load of other skills that you aren't getting to use in your current role.

This is particuarly useful if you're thinking of making a career change, if you're chasing a promotion or, if you just want to teach yourself something new!


Exercise.

This is one that I need to get myself back into as I've majorly fallen off the health & fitness bandwagon - but, as I'm sure you all know by now, exercise is so good for you body and your mind. I used to hit the gym every morning before work and man, could I tell a difference.

I'd get to the office earlier, in a better mood, and with so much more energy to kick-start the day off productively - instead of slugglishly trying to get my energy from an over-priced caffeine fix.

Working in central London, a lot of my colleagues head to the gym at lunch time, to keep their energy levels up during the day and so that they don't hit 6pm and 'can't be bothered anymore'. While this is fab if you have a gym close to the office, I'm aware that not everyone is so lucky. So, if you don't - try just getting outside for a brisk walk somewhere, even if it's just for 15 minutes, you'll be amazed at how much more productive you can be for the afternoon.


Recharge.

In a culture where we seem to have an obsession of being 'busy', making time to relax and recharge is so important, and it's one we all seem to forget. I, for one, cannot remember the last time I fully switched off and attempted to recharge my mind, but downtime is crucial for productivity, and enabling us to turn up at to work on a Monday morning with a fresh outlook on the week.

Meditating and practising mindfulness can also be a great way to recharge and help you to re-focus. At the time, it may seem pretty counterproductive - but how are you supposed to smash through your to-do list or impress your boss if you're completely burned out?