September 5, 2017

6 Ways to Better Spend Your Free Time

I don’t need to tell you that there are better ways to spend your free time than scrolling mindlessly through social media (want to kick that habit?) and binging the latest season of whatever show you’ve committed yourself to on Netflix. But easier said than done, right? I hope that this post includes at least one idea that you can walk away excited about or that makes you say "I could totally do that."

You might have noticed that my last few posts have had a different theme/feel to them. August was a major marker for me as far as personal development and change go, and I'm trying to live out a newly discovered purpose (or at least follow a more purposeful track. Might share a post about what led me here. Here's a hint.). I hope you'll stay with me as I write more about the things that matter. Huge thanks to those of you who continue to stick around as this space realigns itself.



Speaking of... I recently came up with #LivingRoseColored for Instagram. Check out this post for the story behind it and feel free to start tagging your own photos with the community hashtag :)

+ Learn a new language.

I recently signed up for Duolingo because why not? I wasn't allowed on social media and thought this would be a productive way to pass some time. If I could have one "superpower," it would probably be fluency in every language; I'm a total nerd maybe I'm a nerd, but I think the ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere would be incredible, and I've always admired people who can speak multiple languages.

+ Cross off something on "the list."

You know which list I mean. The "I'll do that... eventually" list. The "rainy day" list. The you'll-keep-making-excuses-until-you're-forced-to-do-everything-at-once list. I incorporated one of the tasks on this list into my weekend to-dos a couple of weeks ago. I'm a very neat person, but I managed to amass a sizable pile of papers and recipes and who knows what else in the two years that I've lived in my apartment.

Sitting down to weed through it all was on "the list," and I finally made myself do it. It was annoying, yes, and there were papers everywhere (really... bed, floor, kitchen table...), but I'm glad it's done and not something I'll have to deal with when I'm moving out in December.

+ Read.

I don't think this one needs any further explanation. Reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp, learn new things, unwind at the end of the day, and if you like fiction, take a short break from reality.

+ Take on a new job.

If you have the time (definitely don't commit to a new job if doing so is going to break you), why not start a new job? Extra experience and extra money. Win-win.

+ Purge your closet.

There is nothing like the satisfaction of a full closet purge. Don't know what I'm talking about? Then you've obviously never purged your closet. Good rule of thumb when you're on the fence about an item: if you haven't worn it in the last year, toss it in the "donate" pile. Don't listen to that voice telling you that you'll wear it some day because you realistically will not.

Once you've purged the closet, do the rest of your space, if you're feeling energized. Toss old papers, donate décor and other items you don't use/like any more, and find somewhere to drop off those read books that are collecting dust.

+ Sign up for lessons.

I've wanted to learn the piano for as long as I can remember. I also picked up an interest in learning archery back in high school and never shook it. Private lessons can be pricey (I recently looked into piano lessons and they're not quite in my college student budget...), so look into what's available in your area. Is there a local studio that offers free art lessons once a month? Does your university have some sort of local partnership with a place that you can go to for discounted lessons?

What "better" way do you spend your free time?
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2 comments

  1. Such great ideas! I really enjoy journaling and listening to podcasts because I feel like those are more productive uses of my spare time. I've also discovered Tedtalks are pretty great because you actually learn something from them unlike TV shows which just feel mindless.

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    1. Great ideas, Megan! I love to journal, too. I personally can't get into podcasts or TED talks, but I know a lot of people swear by them!

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