Free time. Many of us have an abundance of it now that national lockdowns have caused many to remote work and give up their hobbies, or better yet, postpone them for the time being. Of course, if you have a family, then it’s unlikely your free time will be expansive. It may be there, however, and it might be that watching Netflix shows, one after the other, just isn’t cutting it.
So – if we’re in the mood to do something productive with our free time, what tasks should and could we follow? It all depends on your inclination. For some, Forex trading and calibrating their portfolio is all they wish to do, for others, spending some time exercising and running on the treadmill can help them gather their thoughts and generally feel healthier at the end of the day.
If these efforts help you feel like you’re putting your time to good use, that’s fantastic! But what about those of us who aren’t entirely sure to begin, or who partake in these habits already? Let’s consider some of the following advice to help you:
Journaling can be a lovely use of your time. It not only serves as a meditative effort, but it can help you feel more confident and expressive after a heavy day. When you write, you organise your thoughts. When you organise your thoughts, you can fully express them rather than feeling them weighing you down all the time. And, if you return to these passages in the future, you may see just how much you have grown. That can be quite a powerful lesson for anyone to learn, and it may only take you five to ten minutes a day.
Preparing your meals can also be a worthwhile use of your time. It not only helps you save money thanks to making big batches of several meals a week, but it saves you time during that week also. Having something healthy on hand at lunchtime can help you avoid paying for expensive or fattening takeout. Meal prep can and will help you feel better in your dietary habits, and it can help you lead your best, most frugal, and tastiest life. To have all this situated in one day, such as a ‘meal prep Sunday’ – can certainly save you even more time.
We all need to consider our schedules in life, especially if we have to balance a family and a career. If caring for both of these at home right now, time management is more important than ever. By using apps such as Evernote with Google Calendar (or whatever ecosystem you are most comfortable with), being able to mange your to-do lists and tasks as well as understanding how much time to allocate to each will help you save time in the day, and stay more focused. But schedules take a little time to upkeep. Don’t be afraid to invest time into yours, as it’s often more of a friend rather than a burden.
With this advice, we hope you can use your free time worthwhile, productive tasks when and as you wish to.