How to Improve the Quality of Your Free Time
April 12, 2008
may dream about having all the free time in the world. Yet, according to research
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, most people are actually happier when they’re at
work than during their off-time.
This surprising revelation is not so surprising when you consider that unstructured
leisure time can lead to boredom and apathy. And many people, when faced with
a truly free day, feel like a fish out of water, not knowing quite how to make
the most of their coveted day off.
Well, this article from Lifehack has got some great suggestions. My favorites
Get a Hobby: Pick something that
you enjoy doing, but doesn’t have the looming deadlines or to-do lists common
to your workplace.
Learn a Skill: Learning can be
incredibly enjoyable when there are no letter grades.
Write Your Book: Maybe now is
the time to start working on your first draft.
Exercise: Exercising releases
hormones that improve your mood, among many other benefits.
Always Have a Book: Light reading
can be a great way to stay engaged.
Use Your Social Circle: Conversing
with friends is actually a fairly complex mental task.
Play Games: Learning and playing
a game can provide a stress-free engaging environment.
Create Something: Pick something
small, but meaningful.
For those of you who are wondering, “Free time? What free time?” -- I can relate.
In fact, not long ago it wasn’t unusual for me to work over 100 hours a week.
I knew that I couldn’t keep this up forever, but I didn’t want to sacrifice
any of my goals and passions. Well, I came across what I can now confidently
say is one of the BEST resources on productivity and time management: Tim Ferriss’
Four-Hour Work Week.
If you follow Tim’s advice, you will find out how to balance your life so that
you can follow your passions, achieve your goals, AND have time off to do whatever
it is that you please.
If your problem is just pure procrastination then you might want to read this