Free time is a blessing but sometimes, we never get enough of it. Whether from too much work or through bad organizational skills, we get left with no time at all. Our days seem to connect to one another and it is hard to figure out where our time went.
Organizational skills are important if you want to have more free time. But what is even more important is of course, responsibility. Taking responsibility for your own actions is the first step to managing your free time. Here are some tips on how to manage it better.
No More Screen Time
Our phones can be a blessing and a curse. Install an application that tracks how much screen time you had in a day. You will be surprised at the numbers. They are almost always not good and most of the time they are way too much for any user. This is beyond problematic and can absolutely kill our ability to focus and concentrate.
Since having no screen time is impossible for most people, minimizing it is quite possible. One would just need to install an application and limit their own time. The shock of finding out how much time you lose on various applications is often enough to give people the nudge they need to start taking responsibility for their free time.
Set Goals, But Make them Realistic
No, you cannot become a professional athlete in two hours, nor a master programmer, but you can work out for an hour and code for another hour. When you set goals for the day, you have something to look forward to and with that, you will know how much time went into what.
Taking care of chores and all other essential housework should also be on the list, like any other activity that you actually enjoy or need to do.
Still, You Should be Flexible
If you can work out at night and see your friends right after work, then it is a win-win situation if your friends can’t go out at night. Free time is about freedom, your ability to choose what you do with the time you have. You don’t have to do everything exactly on schedule.
Mixing and matching, so long as you are making conscious decisions on how you spend your time, is perfectly fine. Flexibility in this matter will make you more adaptable.
Free time is not just about setting goals and achieving them, it is also about having fun. You still need to remember to have fun, no matter what you are doing. If you end up just repeating tasks and “getting better”, the odds of you burning out increase. Take the time to enjoy your free time, so have that in mind when planning your day.
Managing free time can be challenging at first, but it becomes easier with every task you complete. Take responsibility for what you do, see where your time is wasted, and start acting on it.