Estée Lalonde shared a YouTube video outlining the five things for which she wants to make more time. Included in her list were yoga, pottery, museums, reading and being offline. It got me thinking how can we create more time for the things we really want to do?
Make sure you’re doing things you really want to do
It sounds obvious I know. But sometimes we feel we should do something and don’t ask ourselves whether we really want to do it. Or we lose time doing things that we think are okay when we could be doing something that we enjoy more. I hasten to add that this isn’t about abandoning your obligations: it’s about making the most of the time that is your own even if that’s only five minutes!
Get technical to help you do more of what you love
Sometimes we really want to do something but struggle to motivate ourselves. This is where it can be really useful to make the most of the tools and techniques that help with time management, such as the Pomodoro Technique. Theories of motivation or change can also be helpful.
For lots of tips and tricks, you could check out Grace Marshall’s blog. Marshall describes herself as a Productivity Ninja and Chief Encourager. She has a free playbook called “52 ways to be less busy and more productive”, which contains some of her top tips for maximum productivity. It can be accessed for free by signing up to her website.
Don’t miss out on memories by waiting for things to be perfect
There is a saying that imperfect action is always better than perfect inaction. So whilst meeting your family members or friends in a supermarket for coffee may not be your preferred way to spend time with them, it’s got the potential to be a win-win if it gives you more time with them without overcrowding your schedule.
Consider what you can give up
Sometimes we have more choices than we acknowledge. For example, you may tell yourself you can’t possibly work any less. But be really honest with yourself. Could you work less if you spent less money? Or could you do something else that paid you more? It may be that the answer is no. If that is the case, could you consider giving up an hour of sleep in the morning or spend less time watching television. Keep open-minded about the choices you have and how you can work towards increasing the choices available to you.
Sometimes setting deadlines can be a good way to force you to find time for something. For example, I love sewing but wasn’t getting any sewing done. I decided to make a quilt for my friend’s birthday. With this deadline in my mind then suddenly I was finding time to sit down and sew! Deadlines don’t have to be a stressful thing if they provide the motivation you need to do more of what you love.
Stay hopeful and realistic
Sometimes it is genuinely impossible to create more time for what we love and maintain our sanity! Stay hopeful though. Things can change and they are likely to change more quickly if you remain realistic about what you can manage right now rather than burn yourself out. So make a list, prioritise and then take it one baby step at a time, celebrating each step closer you get to doing more of what you love. I might even have a software recommendation that can help you focus so if you’re interested then check out my review of DoOneThing.
What strategies help you find more time for what you love? Let me know below and follow Soothing Sense on Twitter for more ideas to help you create a life you love.