Each day you have 3 hours to play — what do you do with yours?

Time management is energy management. How are you recharging your batteries? Of the evening activities you do, what actually leaves you feeling uplifted?

There are 24 hours in a day, say you sleep 9 hours, eat for 3 hours (it’s possible!), that’s 12 hours. Work and commute, no more than 9 hours right? Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can do any meaningful work beyond 7 hours! According to Cal Newport’s Deep Work book, even 4 hours of being in a state of flow, in deep work, is very high. So back to the calculation, 12 hours of eating and sleeping, 9 hours of working, leaves you with at least 3 hours to play! What are you doing with your 3 hours? How are you refuelling yourself?

I remember years ago when I started the habit of going to the gym straight after work. In some ways, being a commuter worked in my favour . The effort of bringing my kit on the bus was a reminder to myself to follow it through and go to the gym straight after work. Of course there were times I really didn’t feel like it, but in true ‘just do it’ mode, I came out feeling physically tired, but mentally revitalised. Through a 1.5 hour investment, the second part of my day felt like MY day. I wasn’t just wasting away recovering from my work day but actively enjoying my evening. Plus being physically tired meant that I slept better — so doubly productive!

Time management is energy management. How are you recharging your batteries? Of the evening activities you do, what actually leaves you feeling uplifted?

Some swapsies to test out:

  • Be TV savy — Some TV is good, some is bad. Do you come out feeling bummed out? Feeling confused? (Urgh Black Mirror!) Or light and hopeful? (Recommend Spy for laughs per minute).
  • Use your social apparatus — Instead of scrolling Facebook to see what your friends are up to, how about ringing one up? Go check our free events — live music, comedy nights, pub quizzes, meetups.
  • From consume to create! — How often do you create? Whether it be doodling, playing music, or composing a new dish — We are all creatives (otherwise we’d be robots with masters poking our buttons). Do you know how to stop snacking? Occupy your hands in creating something. (Bonus Time Tip — Create with friends — cook a meal together, set challenges — no dairy! no meat! Remember Ready Steady Cook?)

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