We of the 21st century live incredibly cluttered lives. We’re busy, scattered, and often exhausted, trying to keep up with the commitments in our lives, whether it’s work, school, or social engagements. Even when we do have free time, it’s often spent distracted.
We’re conditioned to live at a fast pace; constantly hustling, impatient, and strained. Free time, while important, feels indulgent. With various things competing for our attention each day, it becomes difficult to focus—and sometimes focus is exactly what we need.
Distracted Free Time
We all have free time. Unfortunately, much of that time is sucked into the black hole of aimlessness.
When things slow down, it’s the perfect time for distractions to make their move on your attention. Everything that’s been nagging at the back of your mind during work is now free to reign supreme, and those distractions often end up ruling your free time. Distractions like:
- Scrolling through social media
- Surfing Pinterest for hours
- Clicking through the internet and news articles at random
- Playing around on your phone
And suddenly, all that free time you had is gone.
Focused Free Time
If you want to keep your free time from disappearing out from under you, it’s time to get focused. Be intentional. When you have a free afternoon, ask yourself, “What is it I most want to do/accomplish today?”
Distracted free time is draining, so it’s time to make priorities. What matters to you? Focus on that. After all, this is the time when you can do whatever you want. Why not make it something worthwhile? Some great ways to focus your free time are:
- Reading a book
- Getting creative (painting, drawing, writing, etc.)
- Going for a walk
- Spending time with a friend
- Getting out and exploring
Do something you love. Indulge a little. Focus on making your free time about quality.
4 Reasons to Be Intentional With Your Free Time
1: IT CLEARS YOUR MIND
Focusing on one thing works to clear your mind of clutter instead of filling it with more. It gives you a chance to relax—to breathe. Make room for silence.
2: IT HELPS YOU SORT OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
We all make time for the things that really matter to us. So if you’ve been waiting to write that book or drive downtown, just do it. The next time you have a free day, make priorities and stick to them.
3: IT’S MORE ENJOYABLE
Focused free time, as a general rule, is much more enjoyable than free time spent chasing distractions.
4: YOU WILL FEEL MORE FULFILLED AND REJUVINATED
Aimless free time is never fulfilling, and it usually doesn’t do much to rejuvenate your spirit. But when you spend time focused on something you’re passionate about, you’ll feel yourself come alive.
This week I want you to take stock of your free time. How have you been spending it? Are you focused, fulfilled, and invigorated, or distracted and tired?
Make a list of the top three pastimes you wish you had more time for, and then make it a point to spend your next free hours pursuing them. It’s amazing what good, quality free time can do to improve your day.
- How have you been spending your free time lately?
- What are your favorite activities?
- Has becoming more focused and intentional with your free time helped you feel more fulfilled?
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