Two questions that I get a lot lately are “Do you ever sleep?” and “How do you even have time for that?”. To answer quickly, I adore sleep, and by managing my time wisely. That doesn’t just mean “Oh, I felt like writing that report, meal prepping, working out, writing 3,000 words and so I did”. If that is on my list, it is done. I manage my own time intensely, but also because I balance an intense lifestyle with fun extracurriculars. You can do this too! Here are five ways to make time for things you love.
1) Evaluate Your Time
Your time is important, therefore how you apply it should be analyzed. What do you want more time to do? Are you wishing you had more time to focus on your health? Or fun things? Perhaps to develop a new business strategy? Also, what are you doing right now that you don’t enjoy? How often are you bingeing an extra episode of a show just because you’re already on the couch? Your time is worth plenty, and should not have to be applied to things you aren’t enthusiastic about. In order to make time for things you love, you need to be able to evaluate what is important to you, and where you can cut or add things in.
2) Learn to Say “No”
Following off of my first point, another way to make time for things you love is to say “no” sometimes. You do not have to agree to arrangements every time they are offered, especially if they don’t benefit or interest you. It is one thing to be a helpful or generous person, but if we spend every minute of life trying to please others, we will never have time for ourselves. And if we can’t even have that time, how long is it before we burn out? Everyone is different, but I found that doing exactly what I want to do in my personal and professional life has allowed me to pursue so much of what I adore.
3) Find What Motivates You
While I have quite a few areas to improve, one area in which I excel is focus. I will spend six hours straight doing what I need to do, without getting pulled into a Netflix binge or my news feeds. Part of how I do this while not feeling exhausted, is throwing in little things to make it less like work. For example, I will spend an hour writing a blog post, forty-five minutes prepping an analytics report, an hour proofreading a website and then follow it with a thirty-minute stationary bike ride, in which I will also read a book. I come back feeling refreshed, and wanting to keep going. I feel good because I know that I am on track for good things. Find what motivates you, and try to blend it into your schedule, even if it’s as micro managed as a fifteen-minute block of doing what you love.
4) Work Smarter, Not Harder
When people act as though I likely don’t sleep, I always feel confused. I rarely feel as though I am over-stretched. In fact, I feel healthier than I did when I was younger. This is due to working smarter, not harder. While I used to get sucked into the vortex that is YouTube mid-project, I now focus on my tasks so that I can finish faster. The objective here is to show how to make time for things you love. If you crave some YouTube time, make it happen. I’m just trying to say that focusing on anything considered “work” can allow you to relax and enjoy things more afterwards.
5) Consider Time Management Apps
I need balance in my life to keep things going smoothly. I keep a planner to record everything, but also use apps to measure efficiency. A few that come to mind in past are Toggl and Cold Turkey. To be completely honest, one of the greatest experiences for establishing time management skills was actually working at Starbucks for two years. Nothing says time management like having to time yourself helping clients while having to make drinks AND brew new coffee every eight minutes. Apps like these can also help to establish these patterns into habits, and allow you to make time for things you love.
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