When Neil Patrick Harris was in his late teens and early 20s, he rocketed into fame starring on the hit TV show, Doogie Howser, M.D. Precocious and prodigiously talented, he quickly became one of the most sought-after young actors of his generation.
Many of Neil’s young Hollywood friends liked to drink, do drugs, and party. Neil quickly realized that the “club scene” wasn’t for him, so he started spending his free time in a different way.
As Neil recounts in his autobiography, whenever he had a couple weeks of vacation time, he would fly to NYC to see as many Broadway shows as he possibly could. Sometimes, two shows a day.
Why? He wanted to spend his free time watching masterful actors at the top of their game. Neil knew that he would absorb priceless lessons at every performance—and he did. He’s gone on to build a long, celebrated career as an award-winning actor, writer, director, presenter, and host.
The way you spend your time outside of work—what you do on your evenings, weekends, and vacations -- can have a big impact on the trajectory of your career. If you want to be highly successful at work, you have to be thoughtful and intentional with the way you spend your time outside of work, too.
Think back to your last few evenings, weekends, or holidays. How did you spend your time? Are your after-hours activities helping you to build the career that you want—or holding you back?
If it’s time for a new post-work ritual, here’s a list to inspire you—10 ways successful people spend their time after work.
1. They Work Out
2. They Seek Inspiration and Fresh Experiences
3. They Build Authentic Relationships
4. They Say “No” (a Lot)
5. They Spend Time in Nature
6. They Unplug
7. They Get the Most Out of Their Evening Routines
8. They Take Real Vacations
9. They Take Classes and Invest in Themselves
10. They De-stress and Take Care of Themselves
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