I can’t tell you how important it is to make time for the things you love and bring you joy. I set aside time to read, cook and exercise regularly because I have seen and felt what it’s like whenever I don’t. If I spend too much time solely focused on ‘getting stuff done’ I deflate. More so as an introvert, it’s important for me to have this dedicated time to recharge and pursue activities that I love doing.
Step back, think, or make a list of your daily priorities. Are you fitting all of the things that make you happy into your days? If not, what can you eliminate?
Our lives are full of drab duties and to-dos, but it’s all about that buzz word: balance. We’re so caught up in work, relationships, and technology that we neglect the activities we enjoy. It’s important to strike a balance between work and those comforts unique to us that make us feel rested.
It’s not so much about having time but it’s making time. Set your priorities straight.
How many times have you wanted to do something, be it finally open that book you bought two years ago, or attend that Zumba class at your local gym? However, the same old ‘you don’t have the time’ barrier blocks your way. There is always time. Even if it’s only fifteen minutes, it’s possible to carve out time to enjoys those little moments of merriment in your life.
It all comes down to making the best use of your time and procrastinating less. Easier said than done, I know. We’ve all been there. Try to plan ahead and break the habit of leaving things until the last minute.
Don’t simply hope you’ll find a spare moment, plan it.
Turn these activities into habits by making adjustments in your week to allow it to happen.
Maybe, instead of scrolling through Instagram for the fourth time that day you could finally finish that Stephen King book. You could go to bed earlier so in the morning you can be active for even just 20-30 minutes. Instead of remaining desk-bound, aimlessly scrolling through Twitter gossip, go for a walk, listen to a podcast.
Whatever it is that brings you joy, turning it into a habit will give it more permanence in your schedule. Incorporating these things into your routine will boost your productivity and you’ll avoid the otherwise inevitable burn-out.
Why not try multi-tasking?
Can you “double up” on some things? Can you read on your way to work or listen to the news on your way to the gym? When you’re watching TV, you could meal prep and cook up some healthy meals for the week ahead.
Whatever it is you truly value, prioritise the time to make it happen. Taking time out for yourself isn’t selfish. Work and studying aren’t going anywhere. When I make time for the things I love I alleviate stress. Even the smallest effort can make a world of difference.
What are your favourites ways to relax and unwind?
Thanks for reading,