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Wisdom Wednesday - Tips for free time at work?


I work for an outsourcing company where we are assigned our campaigns and upswell their product or services, every now and then a client leaves and we are in “stand by” while we are assigned a new campaign.


I’m at that spot right now. I have a bit of extra time and want to spend it wisely. How do you spend that extra time to grow professionally? 

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Andr3dwar
Arsonist
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Logistics Manager
I spend my extra time listening to podcasts about my career to supplement my knowledge.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
That’s awesome what podcasts do you listen to?
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
Well WR seems like a good suggestion. Also try to read up on your industry, read some books, follow some courses. Grab coffee with people from your network. Relax before the stress of the next assignment. 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
oh, yeah, I've been very active on the WR! I am looking for a good read, since I still don't know which industry, I'll get assigned to I thought I'd read a good book about sales. Anyone you recommend?
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
Never Split the Difference is like the Bible around here, if you haven't read it already.
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SlinginSoftware
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Down time is used for growing personally, so I can grow professionally.
Kinonez
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+9
WR Enthusiast
That's a great way to out it!
msp_sales
Opinionated
+4
Full Cycle Sales
1% better every day. A concept that can change your life.
cifu
Opinionated
+1
SDR
play games
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Any you recommend?
LegacySales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
tiny royale on snapchat (I'll never grow up)

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AlphaCharlie
Politicker
+5
Account executive
Take time to relax your mind, focus on you!
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Will do thanks!
MrPotter
Opinionated
+4
Trainer
Underrated strategy. Taking care of yourself actually !makes you more productive says research.
happytobehere
Opinionated
+2
Head of Partnerships
Play Jeopardy by watching on Netflix. Sounds silly but good way to burn time while learning new things 😂
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Hahaha I might give it a try!
Oz
Ozz
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Very fun stuff - expect when you friends already watched the episode before.
EH20
Politicker
+3
Manager
I would take the days off and chill!
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Hahaha I already did that 
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+6
BDR
Read, listen to podcasts, look for content to share on the WR lol.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
I did the last one for sure ahahha
Nik
Opinionated
+3
Salekiller
Reading some books for extra knowledge about different topics for social, personal growth and books focus on your career.

Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
For sure, what books have kept you up at night?
Nik
Opinionated
+3
Salekiller
Think and grow rich, Napoleon hill, the art of war & the art of seduction by robert green
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
Personally I look into free courses to learn new skills. 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Oh yeah, those are the best, investing time for skills!!
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
Yeah, very few and far in between when you get a chance to do it but sometimes it feels quite satisfying to learn a little bit of something at a time.
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detectivegibbles
Politicker
+8
Territory Rep
Are you looking to be promoted within the company at any point? I’d identify a problem your company has and try to put together a plan to solve. I’ve seen a lot of friends rise quickly through methods like this. Obviously this depends on how much “free” time you actually have.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
That’s a great tips, thanks!! Will look into it! 
bareknuckles
Valued Contributor
+4
CEO of my kitchen table
I like to play online poker currently, it keeps my mind sharp.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Yeees I used to play a lot, but haven’t done it in a while
MrPotter
Opinionated
+4
Trainer
You mean, besides bravado shenanigans? XD Now seriously, I believe alot in investing in education. I love researching writing and storytelling skills as it helps alot in my line of business. Maybe you van find something to research along your own business and interests?
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
I have been reading a lot for sure, also practicing my English, any book you recommend? 
msp_sales
Opinionated
+4
Full Cycle Sales
If possible, always have a book handy. I always have several in my phone because I'm a millennial and I haven't forgot my phone in a decade. Right now I'm reading Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. Worth its weight in gold.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
I can’t read books off my phone, the blue light destroys me, but I do have 1 or 2 in my office and a small library at home! 
msp_sales
Opinionated
+4
Full Cycle Sales
Whatever’s easy, the best book to read is the one you have with you. Fold it up and cram it in your pocket if you have to. Those little 5-10 minute downtimes I’ll build up. 
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Grant_Horun
Politicker
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Account Executive
I think there are two options with free time at work that help you grow professionally. 

1) Aquire / Learn a new skill. Myself being in the tech space, I took an online course for python as it was something many of my clients were using and I wanted to be able to speak more of their lingo / understand what was truly going on behind the scenes. 

2) Read. I know that a lot of sales books and self development books reiterate much of the same material, but that doesn't mean you can't find a book on a different topic or skill you want to develop. 

Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Love these tips, any book you recommend? 
KGCanada
Valued Contributor
+4
Senior Executive
Regardless of profession, passion or interest... a lot of great (free/cheap) on line improvement courses.  We have a University here that offered free skill courses that have been really fun.
Idea for consideration, appreciate not everyone likes to do "course work" on free time.
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
That’s awesome! Wish my university did that! It would help the whole community!
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Look into certifications or classes that can benefit your role.  During covid, things slowed down and I couldn't go anywhere.  I took the opportunity to sign up for a class, leading to some more certifications.  The company might expense it for you!
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
That’s great advice thanks looper!! 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Company might have edu discounts with partnerships too!  For example, we get discounts to udemy and General Assembly.
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