As relaxing as it sounds to lounge by the pool and do absolutely zilch, there's also nothing wrong with making the most of your downtime this Labor Day. Let's be clear that maximizing your spare time doesn't necessarily mean working on your day off—on the contrary, successful people often consider their leisure time as a way to achieve that coveted work/life balance, explains Business Insider.
Workplace expert and writer Lynn Taylor tells Business Insider that by using your free day "to recharge and pay attention to fitness and your diet, for example, after work or on weekends, you'll set the stage for great life habits that put you at the top of your game at the office." The author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job recently shared the top things that successful 20-somethings do in their free time—read on for five ways you can make the most of your day out of the office:
Manage your money. Spending your free time isn't just about being smart about how you spend your cash. Being young affords the luxury of getting ahead of your finances, and Business Insider points out that your 20s are "a critical time" to start saving and investing toward future wealth.
Do something spontaneous. While success often takes careful career planning, sometimes it's just as important to allow yourself the occasional impulse. According to career coach and The Hired Group founder Ryan Kahn, "Being spontaneous shows that you are able to think on your feet and make quick decisions, which are also qualities of those that hold leadership roles." Last-minute getaway, anyone?
Go on a trip. You don't have to convince us that travel is therapy for our mind, body, and soul—and you don't need to embark on an expensive vacation to reap the benefits of traveling, either. Exploring new locales and cultures can be fulfilling, but even a quick trip to visit friends or family (and knocking off another to-do item on this list in the process) can make your spare days feel more meaningful.
Spend time with friends and family. Speaking of carving out quality time for loved ones, Taylor says time-pressed students and professionals alike tend to devote their free time to the people they care about.
Volunteer for a good cause. "Successful 20-somethings are more likely to think green than their demographic counterparts," Taylor says. Their values include using their time to support philanthropic causes that are important to them and making a positive impact on the world, like volunteering with an environmental organization.
Head over to Business Insider for more on how successful 20-somethings spend their free time, and share your keys to a work/life balance.