What If You Had More Free Time?

The more things you try to accomplish in your life the more work you end up having to do. Add to that the legal, financial, and social obligations that already come your way and you could end up running around in circles all day without getting much of anything done.

In small proportions having responsibilities and obligations can be alright. It can make life more interesting and it can be rewarding. On the other hand, if you have too many things on your to do list it can turn into a problem.

Learning different motivational strategies can help you to get started and overcome laziness. But what happens when you just have too much on your plate? Even the best jugglers are only able to juggle so many balls at one time and the best time managers can only do so much in a given day.

If you find yourself in a situation with too much to do it may be time to take a step back and ask yourself what really needs to get done. After all your time is for you, and you are ultimately the one who gets to decide how it is spent.

What Is Important For You?

What do you want from life? This may be a tough question, or an easy question depending on who you are and how much thought you’ve put into it before. Is there something you want to accomplish in your life? Are there any specific goals you want to obtain or paths you want to take?

One of the biggest regrets people have towards the end of their life is not taking chances and start doing what they truly wanted to do in their life.

Once you have created your life plan look at the things which are on your to-do list. Are they the kind of things that will help push you towards your goals or are they working to advance someone else’s goal?

If they are working to advance someone else’s goals are they mandatory? If you aren’t independently wealthy you will still need to spend XX hours a week working for someone else. It is just something you need to do.

You may also have other obligations you simply can’t get around, but in general many of the things on your to-do list might be things you don’t actually need to do. Some of them might not even be in line with what you want to accomplish in life.

Always remember that it is your life and ultimately you get to decide what kind of a future you want to work for.

Learn to Say Yes, And No

If you’re a people pleaser it is so easy to say yes when someone asks you to do something for them. We want to be helpful and to make sure everyone else gets their needs met.

The problem is that by doing so we don’t meet our own needs. It is ok to be helpful and to be there for other people. It is not ok to be a door mat and to always sacrifice your own time and your own goals to advance other’s goals.

Sometimes you just have to learn to say “no” and move on. Be honest with yourself. Can you really afford to waste your time helping out everyone that comes along? Or can you put your time to better use elsewhere?

Who Is Important To You?

Connecting with other people makes this world a much more enjoyable place. The problem is that it takes a lot of your time to keep those connections going, and some of it can simple be a waste. You need to make time for the people closest to you, but you don’t need to make time for everyone that wants your attention.

Do you really have time to pay attention to everyone who you meet via social media channels or through work/school/life? Chances are you don’t. It’s good to meet new people, have new experiences, and build new relationships. Just remember that you only have so much time on this planet and you can’t make time for everybody.

Figure out who and what is most important for you and focus on that area of your life.

How Much Do You Spend Looking Through Spam?

It is estimated that the average person spends 8 months out of their life looking through spam mail. When you add other advertisements such as email, commercials, telemarketers, and solicitors in there it is amazing how much of our lives are spend just on listening to advertisements from other people.

What most people don’t realize is that you can opt out of receiving many different kinds of advertisements. Most emails newsletters or spam mail catalogs will have numbers you can call or websites you can visit to stop receiving mail from them. The 5 minutes it takes you to do this can save you a lot of time later on.

Some other things you can do to lesson advertisements in your life are.

• You can also choose to opt out of specific catalogs and advertisements in the mail by visiting the direct marketing association website (DMAchoice.com).

• If you want to stop getting calls from solicitors you can always add your number to the “Do Not Call List” by visiting the site donotcall.gov

• If you wish to stop receiving credit card offers in the mail you can call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or (1-888-567-8688)

You are the person who has the ultimate choice of how your time is spent. You have to decide how structured or how relaxed you want your life to become.

Taking out some of the distracting in your life can help you to avoid wasting your time and spending it on things you really don’t want or need to spend it on.

How do you clean up your schedule? What do you do to give you more time?

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One thought on “What If You Had More Free Time?

  1. Jim

    Great article, I have a lot of things that I need to get done throughout the day and barely any time to do them. I like your article, especially the part about opting out of spam mail, I get a lot of that.

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