Anybody who has worked in an office knows that at certain times of the day/week/month/year, there is usually some down time.  And what you choose to do with that time is totally up to you!  Starbucks, bored.com, Facebook, napping under your desk…those are all viable options, though they aren’t exactly getting you out ahead.

Here are four great ways to spend your downtime at the office, and get ahead in life while you’re at it!

1. Learn the stock market. This skill is universally useful and can make you a lot of money. If you have the time to obsessively research, I absolutely encourage you to do it. Get as interested as you possibly can, read a lot of forums, try and learn about what’s up and coming. Watch trends, analyze trends, get really interested in the people that are running the businesses you’re interested in – what are their future goals and initiatives? Become personally invested in what’s going on in certain companies or markets, so they will become much more interesting to you. If you can save up even a little bit of money, you can start to play on the stock market. It’s absolutely exhilarating to see your money grow, and there are a lot of brokerage account still are you certain number of free transactions per month. 

2. Start blogging. If you don’t have a website yet, just start writing some content. This isn’t for everybody, if you’re not a writer, are you have no interest in this, that’s totally fine. But on many occasions a very viable business has come out of somebody’s random, anonymous blog. If you have passion about a topic, and enthusiasm around what you want to communicate to people, this could be an excellent way to get a whole bunch of content under your belt before eventually starting a business.

3. Work on your personal budget. Just get your finances together. Make a spreadsheet, and list out all your your assets and liabilities. Assess your net worth. Measure it monthly. Depending on how much time you have, maybe you could and put all the transactions you make in a month and see where all your money goes. Understanding where your money is going and coming from is critical to have a sound financial platform from which to grow.

4. Read. Read anything you’re interested in. You can download the Kindle app for a PC, and read any book you want. Plus, it looks like you’re doing actual work.

These are just a couple of suggestions. Anything you do that will progress you’re thinking, or get you more financially stable, or at least get your adrenaline rushing so you’re more interested in life, is a success in my book.

In the comments below, let me know what YOU do in your downtime to get ahead (and, stay awake!)

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