The time you spend outside of work is very precious time. It’s the time you spend recharging, connecting with family and friends, and doing things you enjoy. Unfortunately, it’s also the time you spend cleaning, driving your kids to soccer practice, and getting your oil changed. How you spend your free time is important. You obviously don’t want to spend all of your free time cleaning and running errands. However, it’s sometimes difficult to balance doing what you want to do and what you have to do when you’re off the clock. Here are a few tips to help you better manage your time outside of work and enjoy it more:
Make Cleaning and Home Organization Easier
• First of all, de-clutter. If you own a lot of stuff, you have to spend a lot more time organizing and cleaning each week. So, go through everything you own and remove excess, unnecessary items from your house.
• Secondly, ask all the people you live with to pull their weight when it comes to cleaning and organization. Oftentimes, one person in a household does the bulk of the cleaning. Don’t be that person, and don’t let that happen. If everyone pitches in, no one has to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning. If you live alone, make a special effort to clean for at least 15 minutes everyday, and your house will almost always be clean.
Do More Meaningful Things With Your Free Time
• Cut back on TV watching and internet usage. It’s easy to spend most of the few hours you have each evening watching TV or surfing the web. After all, you’re tired. You want to relax. However, if you spend time relaxing in the company of friends or engaging in your favorite hobbies, you’ll feel as though you’ve done more with your time and have gotten more meaning out of it.
• Take care of yourself. Exercise, spend time cooking your favorite healthy dishes, meditate, go to a spa, sky dive, learn something new, or call up a friend you haven’t talked to in a while who lives far away from you. You probably won’t be able to dedicate all of your free time to pampering yourself, but you should make an effort to do things that are good for your body, mind, and spirit on a regular basis.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably spread too thin, overworked, and exhausted. That’s just the nature of the beast and this hectic, modern world. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an effort to get more out of your free time. Remember that extra time is a gift, and you should always try to make the most of it!
This guest post was submitted by Ryan Franklin. He is a home organizer and guest blogger who writes about home improvement, self-help, and finding long distance movers for your cross country move.