What do you do when you’re not working? Do you go out and have fun? Perhaps you travel? No matter what you do, you need to disconnect in some shape, form or fashion.

Business owners and entrepreneurs alike need to use downtime to their advantage. While it’s perfectly fine to have a life outside of work, downtime is the perfect time for successful people to get ahead. Successful people can consider downtime as their overtime, if you will.

If you are looking to take your success to the next level outside of work, then make sure to incorporate these things during your downtime.

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Things Successful People Should Do During Their Downtime

  • Read, Read, Read
  • Any Form Of Learning
  • Spend Time With Loved Ones
  • Exercise
  • Pick Up A New Hobby

Read, Read, ReadDowntime

Reading is the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s a great way to seek more knowledge when you aren’t actually working. The best part about reading? There are so many books and articles out there that are just waiting to be read.

If you aren’t a fan of the actual act of reading, then you can pick up an audiobook. Not only does this allow you to still get your reading in, but you can do it while you are driving to work, going to the gym, eating your lunch, etc.

Reading is so beneficial to life because it allows entrepreneurs to disconnect, learn, gain some perspective etc. Needless to say, there is so much value in reading.

Any Form Of Learning

While you’re at it, any form of learning will do during your downtime. Getting into the habit of seeking more knowledge during your free time, especially at a young age, will lead to a world of success and getting ahead of the competition.

Here’s the problem: Most people go to work, clock out and then spend all of their downtime recharging. While we all need to recharge (preferably every day), that does not mean we should shut off our brains every single minute we aren’t at the office. That’s not how we become the best versions of ourselves. Not to mention, if you only plan on putting in eight hours of work per day, then you aren’t going to achieve all of your goals and dreams.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

In this day and age, people spend more time with their phones than they do their loved ones. Doesn’t anyone see the problem in that? Life is too short not to spend time with family and friends.

So many successful people are after two things — success and money. While that is all well and good and could certainly jump-start any career, it could also lead to unfulfillment, alienation from your friends and family and you simply missing out on some precious moments with your loved ones.

At the end of the day, the true way to find success is finding time for everything and everyone. You need to find time for your work, your hobbies, your goals/dreams and your friends and family.


Not only does exercising lead to a happy and healthy life, but it is also a great way to recharge. How many people regret going to the gym after a workout? Literally no one says that. Some people might dread going to the gym and putting in the hard work, but they typically leave the gym refreshed, and stronger mentally and physically. Sure, people have bad workouts all of the time, but they typically never regret this period of time when they are making the mind, body and soul better.

Adding an exercising routine to the mix is a great way to spend your downtime, and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. With that in mind, it’s crucial that you are also taking care of your body when it comes to eating. You don’t want to kill your results at the gym by eating unhealthy.

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Pick Up A New HobbyDowntime

Entrepreneurs, if you are looking for the perfect thing to do during your free time, then why not start picking up new hobbies — and then mastering them, of course. New hobbies teach you great habits.

Not to mention, hobbies just add another element to your life resume. For instance, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could say you knew how to juggle or play the piano? Wouldn’t it be awesome to say you wrote a book, script or made art? Hobbies can become great resume boosters for your life’s work, and they can also help you be the life of the party when you show them off.

The key is to not spend all of your downtime resting. The key is to use this extra time to your advantage by making yourself better.

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