10 Things to Do When You Actually Have Free Time

10 Things to Do When You Actually Have Freedom

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!

10 Things to Do When You Actually Have Free time

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.

See: 10 Things Retail Employees Can Relate To

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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30 Replies to “10 Things to Do When You Actually Have Free Time”

  1. Such great ideas 🙂 I also have had some spare time recently, and I’ve been loving watching TV and reading.

    1. Thanks, Laura!

  2. Reading is my #1 when I have any kind of free time. I just love getting lost in a good book. I need to be better at #2. I’ve been so behind lately. Love all these ideas!

    1. Reading is such a great way to spend free time! Thanks for reading!

  3. These are great ideas! I’m finding myself at a similar weird point in the semester (it’s not quite finals yet, but everything else is mostly wrapped up by now)…so I’ll have to do some of these! Especially reading, getting ahead on blogging, and going to the gym.

    Stephanie | Sincerely, Stephanie

    1. It’s such a weird feeling. The lack of stress is almost kind of stressful! Thanks for reading!

  4. Great ideas! I feel like I don’t have a lot of free time either but I do try to fit a little bit of reading into my schedule every day even with work, blogging, and school because it makes me happy. Now to add the gym into the mix haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. Thanks Jenny! I also need to get better at adding the gym into my schedule!

  5. These are all great ideas! Pinning!

    1. Thanks Elana! 🙂

  6. I feel like now that I have a full time job I’m always wayyy behind on blogging and other things that are important to me. Solid ideas!

    1. Thanks, Shane! Between school and a part time job I feel like I’m working full time, so I totally get the struggle!

  7. I rarely have any free time so when I do I definitely get house cleaning done, work on future posts and back end blog stuff and watch my favorite shows. I cherish those rare times!

    1. It truly is an amazing feeling to have free time, and those are all great ways to spend it!

  8. Love that feeling of free time!! These are such great ideas and things that I really need to do more often! So cool that you included write a letter to someone special on here!! xoxo


    1. Thank you, Jillian! 🙂

  9. love this post! I always go to the gym when I have some free time, I love the gym and love spending a good chunk of time there when I have the opportunity to do so! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

    1. Thanks, Kenz! I wish I had the same motivation to go to the gym as you do!

  10. I always try to organize my work space when I have a break! It gets me in the creative mind set! Xoxo Mindy

    1. Same here! A clean desk is a happy desk!

  11. Next weekend I will have some free time and reading, shopping with my girls, and organizing sound like good ideas to me!

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    1. Hooray for free time! Enjoy it! 🙂

  12. So many great ideas of things to do. I always think of doing these things and end up feeling lazy and scrolling through social media instead.

    1. Haha, I feel ya, girl!

  13. I always take my free time to get ahead with blogging or go shopping. Target is only a 5 minute drive, so usually the latter wins (and my wallet cries)!


    1. I feel ya, girl! It’s way too tempting!

  14. I love using down time to reorganize my work space! My desk is always a wreck by the end of the semester.

    1. I’m the exact same way!

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