Want more fulfilling free time? Try this.
Let’s be honest - it’s really hard to navigate your free time.
You have great ideas - like perhaps you’ll read a book, write the next Great American novel, or meditate.
But at the end of the day you’re exhausted - so day after day, you find yourself watching Netflix, scrolling Instagram, and wasting hours of your life.
Then, guilt sets in, and you spend the rest of your time feeling bad about the fact that you didn’t do the things you set out to do.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
The reason why you’re struggling to make your free time productive is that your mind just isn’t trained to look for the fulfilling thing to entertain itself. Right now, it’s used to defaulting to the easy thing - Facebook, Netflix, Reddit, etc.
The good news is that our brains are malleable - with some consistent training, you can rewire your brain to think about the fulfilling things instead of the easy things.
Here’s how you do it:
Think about your mornings, evenings, and weekends. When are times when you will definitely be home, and most vulnerable to passing the time?
Each day, set 1-2 alarms during the time frames you just discovered.
Name the alarm, “What do I want to be doing right now?”
When the alarm pops up….ask yourself that question!
Then go do the thing - right then. Do not wait.
Here’s the thing: I’m not trying to get you to do the thing you “should” be doing.
I want you to start off focusing on what you want to be doing. Whatever would be fun, energizing, nourishing, etc.
Why do we start off with want? Because if your brain is “out of shape”, it’s going to be hard enough for you to do the things you actually want to do - getting to the tougher things is too big of a mountain to climb right now.
After about 2 weeks of consistently following these alarms, you’ll find yourself naturally starting to ask yourself what you want to be doing in any given moment, and utilizing your free time a lot more effectively.
You’ll feel more energized, happier, and significantly less guilty.
Best of all, you’ll feel, and will be, back in control of your life and mind.
Give it a shot - it only takes a couple of weeks.