Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my “free-time” more productive.

I’m a huge advocate for downtime. I know, I’m sure for some of you it might sound painful.

But, look at it this way: Free-time can be more than vegging out. Free-time can be a way to maximize how efficient you’ll be during work hours. There is no shame in taking your duly time off, whether for an afternoon or…dare I say — a weekend. If we shift the way we look at free-time, detaching all preconceived notions about what taking it means about us, we can recharge, organize, and ultimately, tackle our goals.

Thus, I thought it would be appropriate to make a list of some of the ways I stay productive, even during my “off” hours.  

  1. Stressing about why you’re not stressed does not make you less stressed. Meditate, take a yoga class, watch TV — do anything that alleviates the I’m never doing enough mindset
  2. Make lists (which I’ll talk about in my next blog post — so, stay tuned!)
  3. Clean. Outer order equals inner order
  4. Of course, read… get the book on ebook an audiobook so you can keep your spot wherever you are
  5. Take an inventory of the house — and subsequently, restock
  6. Write out your week (if you haven’t already).
  7. Play catch up: make phone calls — mom, friend, whoever doesn’t count as a “work call” while cooking or straightening up
  8. Meal prep
  9. Watch videos about things you need to learn about, or want to learn about
  10. Set bills on automatic payment
  11. Listen at books on tape at 2x the speed

Free-time does not have to feel like a waste of time; free-time can get you in the right headspace to take care of any work-work, and in the end, lead to a fuller work-life, home-life, and inner-life.

How can you take your free-time and better enjoy it?

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