Let’s face it – spare time is a rarity in this day and age. Between work, exercise, socialising, family time and household chores, scoring a precious minute to yourself can be a difficult task to achieve.
I have found that people fall into one of two camps when it comes to their downtime. There are those who crumple into a heap on the couch, block of chocolate in one hand, trashy magazine (or TV show) in the other, and completely veg out and unwind. Or, there are those who throw themselves into projects – indulging their inner passions and learning new things. People in the first camp tend not to view the latter activities as down time however for those who do, much can be achieved.
Moving to a new city opens up a tonne of possibility for those seeking to see and try new things. It is so easy however to become lazy and complacent and not venture outside your little square or neighbourhood. You eat at the same restaurants, drink coffee from the same café and walk the same streets every day. Down time is spent on the couch, watching the same shows or reading the same books, day in, day out. To put it simply, this routine is boring.
This week, my goal is to use my spare time effectively. A friend of mine today gave me the idea to write a list of every new thing I want to try and see and to tick one off each week. This is such a simple method to ensure you not only get things done, but you have new experiences at the same time.
Other than sightseeing however, there are literally thousands of ways you can be productive in your down time. Try learning a new language, join a book club, sign up for a running group or new yoga class, start a blog, write letters to your friends and family, read that book you have always wanted to, take a cooking class or learn one new recipe a week, try a new restaurant, try a new vegetable…the options really are quite endless.
Instead of plonking down in front of the television or whiling away your hours on mindless social media sites next time you have a spare moment, get creative and try out some new things. You might make new friends or find a new passion. It is a sure fire way to improve your quality of life and you may just have fun in the meantime.