Free time is great to have, it's good to relax and use on our own little projects and goals but all too often people fall into the habit of just focussing on the 'relax' part and when that free time is gone, they are filled with regret. Fortunately, there are ways of making the most of your time and becoming constructive with it and here we detail just a few.
1. Create A Time Journal
Spend a week detailing what you do with your time hour by hour, including work and what you do whilst there. This will help you keep track of when you exercise and do chores and other activities that need to be done but you don't necessarily consider your free time. Once you can see how you structure your week, you can see how much time you have to yourself and when and if you can maybe rearrange your week or combine activities to make the most of what you've got and give you the opportunity to find the time for new things.
2. Limit Your Screen Time
There's no problem with watching a boxset or going on social media but the problem is that they just swallow up whole chunks of time in one, large gulp and you just have another day of achieving very little. Limit your screen time and set yourself a certain period of time for watching shows or updating your profile so that you can then use the free time for more productive means.
3. Sort Your Life Out!
That wasn't an insult but rather a solid piece of advice.Seriously, think about how much time you spend looking for keys or files, folders etc. Just have a place for everything and always put it back in that place and you will have so much more spare time. Organization is key!
4. Plan Chores Ahead
No one likes doing chores but if you plan ahead and give everything a set place then you can half tie by eliminating faff. In cooking, for example, if you cook all your meals on a single day and then freeze or store appropriately, you then save time deciding what to have every day. If yu clean as you go and keep things neat and tidy for a few minutes a day it will save you hours of cleaning or sorting at a later date.
5. Set Boundaries
It is good to help others and make time for them but when it starts impacting on your own projects it can also be a curse. If you receive a phone call from a friend in need, it's probably best to help them out but if you know it is just a catch up over the same old things, then it is okay to ask them to speak later. There's nothing wrong with hanging a do not disturb sign on your office door if you need to do something. Focus on you for a bit and now your limits.
6. Limit Unnecessary Communications
Following on from the previous point, think of all the time you spend responding to texts and emails about pointless and inane things. If they are pointless and inane then just don't bother, of course it pays to be polite but sometimes you need to give yourself the space to get things done before responding to others. Explain that you had an important thing to deal with and most will understand.
By preparing what you are doing for the next day, you save time procrastinating and trying to organize your thoughts. It is a good habit to set goals for the day ahead and thus know what you need to d before doing so freeing up time and also allowing you to know how to utilize before you've even stepped out of the door for the day.