It seems like all too often that I’m working at turbo speed just to have enough time to sit back and relax for a few minutes, let alone have a good amount of free time! Between school, work, clubs, blogging, and actually trying to have a somewhat okay social life, I feel extremely weird when I come across a day that I have literally nothing scheduled. It’s almost like I’ve forgotten how to relax! Do I just sit here and stare at a wall until something comes up?
I’m currently at a weird time in my semester where it’s not quite time to start studying for finals, but most of my activities are done for the year, so I’ve been trying to find ways to spend my newfound free time. If you’re anything like me and aren’t used to having time to yourself, hopefully this list will give you a few ideas for the next time you have an extra couple of hours!
1. Read a book
The last time I read a book for fun was last summer. I’ve been a major bookworm since I was very young, so it’s kind of disappointing to admit that I haven’t had time to read something that wasn’t assigned in class. However, I just started reading #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso and I am loving it!
If you’re anything like me and wish you had your old reading habits back, then head out to the library or a bookstore and pick out a book! You’ll be glad you did.
2. Get ahead on blogging
For all you bloggers out there, you could always try getting ahead on your blog! When I have some free time, I always like to write one or two blog posts in advance so I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the week. Being able to get to sleep knowing you have your blog posts done is a wonderful feeling!
3. Hit the gym
Confession: I’m really bad at this. Once I’m there, I’m fine, but it’s the whole “motivating myself to get there” part that I struggle with. If you have a large block of time, why not make the most of it and get some exercise? Even if it’s just 30 minutes on the elliptical, it’s still something!
4. Have a girl’s night
Sometimes it’s nice to plan a night with you and your closest friends! You can pick movies, make yummy food, and just sit back and relax in your pajamas. It’s nice to spend time with your friends when you’re not in a public place or have to worry about your appearance. So eat as much popcorn as you want, and wear those unicorn pajama pants. You deserve it!
5. Go shopping
That is, if you have the money to spend! Even if you don’t, just going to the mall and walking around and window shopping can be a good way to spend some free time. Bring a friend along and have fun trying on cool dresses or shoes that you don’t necessarily plan on buying! But for the retail employees’ sake, make sure you don’t leave a mess behind.
6. Bake or Cook
Fact: You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make good food. Haven’t you heard of grilled cheese sandwiches?! Haha, I’m just kidding (kind of). All too often, we just “grab-and-go” when it comes to food because of how busy we are, so it’s nice to be able to actually cook a meal or bake one of your favorite desserts! So crack open that cookbook (or open your food board on Pinterest) and get cookin’!
7. Binge-watch a new TV show
Or continue watching your current favorite! I live for the days where I have enough time to watch a few episodes of Criminal Minds. It’s just so nice to kick back, relax, and engross yourself in another world. The only bad part about this idea is that your favorite TV show is bound to end at some point and you have to move on to another one. #NetflixProbs
8. Write a letter to a family member or old friend
Call me a grandma, but I love getting snail mail! There’s just something so heartwarming about receiving a handwritten letter that can’t be replaced by a text or a phone call. So here’s my advice: Put down your cell phone, pick up a pen and paper, and start writing. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just talk about what you did that week or ask about the recipient’s life. They’ll really enjoy seeing it in their mailbox!
9. Learn a new skill
What better way to spend free time than by learning a cool new skill or picking up a hobby? If you explore Pinterest, there are so many fun ideas and tutorials to help you learn how to do that one thing you’ve always been interested in but never actually tried. Wouldn’t it be great to tell people that you’ve started to draw or have taken up photography?
10. Organize your workspace
“But Anna, isn’t that work? Why would I want to spend my free time working?” Well, reader, let me tell you. Sometimes when I’m bored, I organize my workspace. It might still not be the cleanest thing ever, but it looks better and it makes me happy. One time, I completely rearranged my dorm room because I was bored and I wanted a layout change. Speaking of which, I should probably clean my room soon to prepare for moving out at the end of the school year!
I hope this post gave you some good ideas on how to spend your next chunk of free time! What’s your favorite way to spend your free time? Let me know in the comments!
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