- Think about what you want to do with your free time.
- Make a List!
- Follow the List.
- Allow yourself short breaks.
- Stick to the plan!
- Don't forget to enjoy your List!
We all have jobs or school, so the time you have for yourself is limited. Think about how do you want to spend it and make as much as possible out of it. Do more sports, read a book, draw, create something, spend more time with friends, try out some new recipe, all that comes to mind!
Now that you know what you'd want to do with your life, write a list of it and put it somewhere visible, so whenever you'll be drifting off you can look at the list, choose something and start doing that. It clears your mind, keeps you focused and prevents ideas being forgotten. Whenever you think of another thing, just put it on the list. It'll be like a free-time bucket list.
This part is the hardest, I agree. You come home from work/school, you're tired, your brain is turning off, you just want to sit on a couch and do nothing. But personally, I then always go to bed with a guilty conscience. I had time to do something just for myself and I didn't use it. So let's use the list and use this 24 hours a day wisely, doing something we care about or like to do. We have too little time to let it drift away in front of a tv.
It's almost impossible to be concentrated and alert for 24 hours a day. Take short breaks to relax. Let's say you come home in the afternoon, tired from all the thinking through out the day, now you need a little to recuperate. Go browse through your favorite gossip website, watch funny videos on Youtube, turn the tv on and your mind off for a bit. Just remember to turn your brains on again after that, this was just a break. Take about half an hour and be lazy, then get back to the list and do something for yourself. You'll feel better, I promise!
Now that you got good at crossing off the list, you'll notice that your breaks are getting shorter and shorter. Get rid of them if you feel like you don't enjoy them anymore!
The main point of this List is to enjoy. If you don't, take it off, don't do it anymore. Now you may also put chores on it (like I did), which inevitably has to be done, but we all know how good it feels when you cross it off, so focus on that, it'll be easier.