I try to remain productive in my spare time, using it for self-betterment whenever I can. Life is competitive, so even though I try to relax and enjoy the time I have to myself, I do things that help me develop useful skills and healthy habits. Reading is a great passion of mine. From fiction to biographies, my tastes are eclectic and span many genres, all of them useful. Biographies reveal the flaws and merits of successful people, which are invaluable for reflection. Fiction allows one to enter someone else's mind and see the world through different eyes. While I don't read as much as I'd like to, the time I do find to finish books offers great food for thought. Exercise is also very important. Occasionally I run, but even a long walk can be useful. Staying healthy reduces stress, and getting fresh air is also important, especially during the winter months. I have a gym membership which I also try to make the most of. Even though my work may not be physically demanding, regular exercise keeps one positive and motivated in addition to having more energy. Much of my free time is spend keeping in contact with old friends and family. With Skype, Facebook, and e-mail, it isn't hard to stay in touch. I'm connected to everyone, no matter how far away they are. It's a wonderful thing, but it does eat up a lot of spare time. Sometimes I make sure not to turn my computer on until until I've accomplished a certain goal. Off course, daily chores take up a lot of time as well. Even when I'm on vacation or have the day off, there's always work to be done. Despite this, I almost always find the time to do what I'd like to do, things that are as relaxing as they are useful in developing myself as a person.
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