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.
- 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
- Make lists (which I’ll talk about in my next blog post — so, stay tuned!)
- Clean. Outer order equals inner order
- Of course, read… get the book on ebook an audiobook so you can keep your spot wherever you are
- Take an inventory of the house — and subsequently, restock
- Write out your week (if you haven’t already).
- Play catch up: make phone calls — mom, friend, whoever doesn’t count as a “work call” while cooking or straightening up
- Meal prep
- Watch videos about things you need to learn about, or want to learn about
- Set bills on automatic payment
- 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?