How To Live A Better Life With Your Spare Time
30 x 7 = 210 minutes or 3.5 hours a week.
Even if you skip a day, you’ve got 3 hours in a week to change your life.
That’s a lot of time.
The problem is not the time; it’s the lack of intentions.
We have so many options, especially today.
Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp — each app shows you stories of how people are spending their time.
Before you know it, there’s another story telling you what you’re missing out on.
There’s a constant battle of attention. Look at me. Buy this. Do that.
Humans are complex creatures. We don’t go after what we want. We go after what others want.
When we don’t get what others want; we hate, shame or blame our lives. We rarely take the time to set intentions in our lives. Instead, we chase what others go after.
You might have clicked on the article to find out what you should do in 30 minutes to change your life.
I can’t tell you that because I don’t know. But I can help you find out yourself what you must do in those 30 minutes that will change your life.
To discover what you need in life, examine your life and see what’s missing from these productive uses of time:
Working (creative, important)
Learning (reading, listening, watching or doing)
Playing or relaxing
Thinking or reflecting
Meditating or buffering (empty spaces)
Connecting (with right people)
Moving and eating (healthy foods)
Once you identify the number one thing missing from your life, use those 30 minutes to bring balance to your life.
- If you don’t work on a creative project or hobby, start.
- If you don’t learn something, start.
- If you don’t already take out time to relax or play, start.
- If you don’t reflect by journalling or thinking, start.
- If you don’t meditate or don’t have empty spaces in life, start.
- If you don’t connect with like-minded people, start.
- If you don’t move your body or make healthy meals for yourself, start.
- If you get less than 7 hours of sleep, add 30 minutes to your sleep.
What if you have many things missing from your life?
If that’s the case, cut out excess from your life. Excess or lack of any of the above uses of time may not be good.
Find out what you’re doing too much of and cut some time out of it. There’s always enough hours in the day. It’s a matter of setting your priorities and intentions straight.
What if you still don’t have enough time?
I’ve got a solution for that too.
You can further divide your 3 hours into 1.5 hours and 1.5 hours to add two things in your life. If you want to add 3 things, use 1 hour a week for each activity.
The breakdown depends on your situation and circumstances. Customize how you want to schedule those 30 minutes. Remember, you also have a weekend when you can give more time.
Another solution is to combine activities to kill two (or three) birds with one stone. For example, you can play, move and connect at the same time if you workout with a buddy and turn it into play.
Learn to manage and save your energy for your 30 minutes. Give your full focus and attention no matter what you do. Whether it is deep work, deep learning, deep relaxation, deep thinking, deep meditation, deep connection, deep sleep or a challenging workout.
The best times to carve out your 30 minutes are at the start or the end of the day. Use whatever time suits your lifestyle. But make sure those 30 minutes are distractions free.
When you start something, you will not always love it from the beginning. Sometimes, it takes time for you to realize the importance of an activity. Small actions every day can transform your life.
When you look back at your life, you can only thank yourself for each second of those 30 minutes a day.
So, how are you going to spend your golden 30 minutes?
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