5 Things Every Professional Should Do More Often

It's no secret that being a professional in today's modern work environment demands a lot of your time and energy.

From your seemingly endless to-do list to crafting those important weekly reports, it can be a challenge to keep up.

Despite the many things keeping you busy, you likely know that being busy doesn't always (if ever) equate to doing work that matters.

If you're feeling stuck, instead of wasting time scrolling Reddit or Instagram, here are a few helpful things you can do instead.

Leave An Honest Linkedin Recommendation

While some LOVE Linkedin and others HATE it, the reality is, for most people, Linkedin does play some role in their professional development.

Making a habit of leaving honest Linkedin recommendations is a great way to give back and help others get where they want to go.

Not only that, leaving thoughtful (and truthful) recommendations makes you feel good, and helps establish you as someone who gives back.

Leave a Book Review

Despite what some say, authors, regardless of popularity, love reading book reviews. You may have read 25 books last year, but how many times did you reach out and leave a review? Or send an email to the author saying thanks?

A thoughtful book review takes less than 10-15 minutes to write but can make a massive difference in the author's life, especially for those who are new authors.

While you don't have to 'suck up" in your review, this is one of those times where if you don't have anything nice to say it, just type it out then hit delete.

Pickup The Phone

It's perfectly okay to call an old friend or colleague to catch up. Often those conversations are going to be the most rewarding.

In an age where EVERYTHING is scheduled or done through text or Slack, pick up the phone and make the call. Whether you need feedback on that report, or just want to check-in, you'd be amazed at how much you can get done when you just hit call.

Yes, text, email, and Slack have their place but don't feel bad using the phone as it was intended.

Take Real Breaks

If you spend your day running around like a chicken with their head cut off, it can be tempting to take "half breaks" throughout the day.

Maybe you scan ESPN while you eat lunch, or perhaps you catchup while watching a mindless movie.

Stop this.

When possible, take full breaks! That's the only way you're going to get the real benefit of taking a break anyway. Just like multitasking is incredibly inefficient, try and work when you work, and rest when you rest.

You'll be amazed at how much better you feel when you focus entirely on work, and then completely focus on relaxing.

Give it a try.

Pickup A New Hobby

I won't bore you with the overly shared story of how Steve Jobs sat in on calligraphy class and had a lasting impact on how Apple was built. But I will say, picking up a new hobby can be incredibly beneficial both personally and professionally.

Take a class online or in the real world on something you're interested in. Maybe that's cooking. Maybe that's voice lessons. The sky is the limit.

Doing new things can help change the way you view the world, and often unlock patterns you may otherwise have missed.

Even if you're 'super busy,' you have time for a few hours a week to learn something new.