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8 Reasons to Plan Your Free Time

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Plan my free time?  Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?  Actually, no.  By planning your free time, you are helping to ensure that it will happen, instead of just making it to the end of another day/week/month in which you didn’t take time for yourself.  What can you do in your free time?

Chat with a friend.
Read.
Work on a project/craft.
Exercise.
Play a game (that Candy ain’t going to Crush itself!)
Journal.
Plan a vacation.
Do nothing.

Those are just some ideas.  There are plenty more you could add.  So, let’s go through the reasons you want to start planning your free time.

1. Encourage self-care

Think of the phrase “pay yourself first” but applied to your free time.  This doesn’t mean you have to start your day with free time (though you could), but rather that you actually have it scheduled.  You know that no matter what else happens today/this week/this month, you will have made time for something you truly care about outside of your work and home responsibilities.

2. Give yourself something to look forward to

Closely related to the idea of self-care is the motivation that comes with having something on your calendar that you are looking forward to.  That can help you get through the tasks in front of it more easily.

3. Give yourself more control

So many people feel “out of control” these days in relation to time and calendars.  Rather than just being captive to what others are demanding of you, you are staking your claim to your own demands of yourself.  This increased agency will lead to better management of your other tasks as well.

4. Get up

It’s now well-known that simply sitting in your chair for hours and hours isn’t the best way to work.  By having things (even if it’s a small 5-15 minute break) that break up your work, you’ll have a reason to get up, move around, and keep yourself from staying too long in one position.

5. Be more productive

More and more it is being acknowledged that the most productive workers have proper balances in their lives.  By giving yourself more free time, you’re reducing your stress and necessarily becoming more productive.

6. Create buffer

As we know, sometimes meetings run long or start late, or sometimes clients don’t get you what you need on time.  By having free time blocked out in your calendar, instead of simply being frustrated when these things happen, you can dynamically shift around based on the activities you have planned for yourself.  Again, instead of being only acted upon, you can take more agency into your hands.

7. Be more creative

Aimlessness or boredom can boost creativity.  I know, we were never told this when we were younger because, well, you don’t tell an 8-year old who complains, “I’m bored,” that that’s a wonderful thing and that some creativity is sure to commence!  But seriously, studies have shown that there are many instances in which the mind’s activity during periods of boredom or aimlessness can lead to more creativity.

8. Be intentional

The most successful people don’t simply expect things to happen for themselves.  They help make them happen.  If you want more free time, you’re going to need to plan for it.  It won’t magically appear in your calendar.  You need to put it there.

This content first appeared in our Open Calendar Club email newsletter.

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10 Tips to Help You Save an Hour a Day

time saving tipsWhile 2020 definitely freed up a lot of time on our calendars, it didn’t necessarily help us spend that time better.  There are so many simple tweaks you can make to take back an hour (or more) each day in 2021.  Pick one or more from the list below!

1. Eliminate Time Wasters

Whether it’s deciding what you’re going to wear that day or what you’re going to eat for breakfast, you can do a little bit of work the night before to get some time back.  Lay out your next day’s outfit or prepare your smoothie the night before.  You’ll cut down on decision fatigue and have fewer speed bumps in your day.

2. Embrace Routine

No one says you need to dress like Steve Jobs and wear the same thing every day.  Just keep in mind that the world’s most successful people have routines: routines help you stay on track and accomplish what’s important to you.  

3. Use a Calendar

Think of a calendar as a place to catch everything you need to do.  It gives you a lineup of what’s going to happen in a given day as well as a preview of the weeks/months ahead.  Pro tip: look over and set up your calendar on Sunday evenings.

4. Don’t Multitask

You may have heard the term “switching costs” before.  It refers to the significant loss of efficiency you experience when changing from one type of task to another.  Those losses multiply when you multitask.  Embrace single-tasking.

5. Consider Time Blocking and Batching

If you understand the problems of switching costs, a way to lean in to single-tasking is to time block or batch.  This might mean setting aside a particular time to do emails, go through social media, or do deep work.  You’ll make so much more progress if you can leverage your brain’s love of doing the same types of tasks over and over.

6. Have a Set Place for Things

Where’s my keys/dog leash/glasses?  If you have a set place where these things go, not only will you have a place to put them whenever you’re done using them, you’ll also have the most likely spot for said items should you misplace them.

7. Do the Big Task(s) First

The reality is that outside of work we probably only have 1-3 “big tasks” we need to accomplish in any given day, but we spend a fair amount of time avoiding them!  Jump in and deal with those tasks as early in the day as possible.  You’ll feel great once they are handled and you’ll have momentum for the rest of your day.

8. Curb Your Social Media

It’s important to realize that the smart people who help build and maintain these platforms are not paid to help you save your time, but to keep you on their platforms indefinitely.  We’ve all been caught doing the infinite scroll.  Set time limits to prevent those scroll sessions from running too long.

9. Stop Worrying

The truth is that worrying not only doesn’t accomplish anything, it’s been shown to cause stress than can lead to health problems.  That time spent worrying could be so much better spent elsewhere.

10. Block Out Personal Time

The term “pay yourself first” works for personal time too!  Remember that all of the things that you deal with on a daily basis ultimately tie back to living your life.  Make sure to set aside some personal time for yourself every day.  No one else will!

What will you do with your saved time? 

This content originally appeared in our Open Calendar Club Newsletter.

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