I’m a big fan of optimizing our lives to become more productive and you can come a long way by implementing the ideas from my previous posts. However, eventually you’ll have to make a difficult choice.
All of have to sleep, shower, eat, do the dishes, exercise, work, etc. Then we’ve got our favorite hobbies. Personally, I love photography, football, writing and learning how to play guitar. Combine it with the time you spend with your friends or family and you’ll quickly realize that it’s impossible to cram everything into your daily life. Eventually something’s gotta give.
Make use of the weekdays
It’s often wiser to do something small each and every day instead of cramming it all into a single day. E.g. you’ll learn to play guitar or a language faster and better by studying 15 minutes a day than studying 3 hours in a sitting, once a week.
However, sometimes it takes more than 15 minutes and then it’s a good idea to make use of the weekdays. In my case, I write every day to keep it a habit – it’s the best way to stay productive – but I make the most of the weekdays by writing my long posts on mondays. On tuesdays it’s often Champions League which means football. On wednesdays I spend my extra time experimenting with my camera.
Basically, I’m trying to something little each and every day but also dedicate one weekday for every interest of mine. Sure, it’s not written in stone and sometimes you’ll have to make changes but overall it’s a great method to advance in all your hobbies instead of dedicating 3 weeks into a new activity and then give up because you don’t have time for your other hobbies.
Putting it all together
We often overestimate how much time we’ve got and underestimate how long it takes to complete it. 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there quickly add up and suddenly we’ve planned for more hours then day has. Therefore it’s a good idea to try and write down your ideal day. It’s not a schedule you’ll have to follow but it gives you and idea if it’s possible to accomplish all of your goals.
- 06 − Wake up
- 06:00 − 07:00 Exercise
- 07:00 − 07:30 Get ready
- 07:30 − 08:00 Get to work
- 08:00 − 12:00 Work
- 12:00 − 12:30 Lunch
You get the idea. Basically try and see if you can fit everything into you daily schedule. If not – you’ll have to make priorities and figure out what you need to change in your life to be able to accomplish all the things you want.
My favorite is to reduce screen time simply because the average person waste a lot of time on this. Block unproductive websites and limit the time your spend on your computer. Unplug your TV. Almost every couple spend their evenings in front of their TV complaining about how there’s nothing good to watch. Turn it off and find a hobby you both enjoy! By doing so you’ll not only be able to do what you love but you’ll also connect with your partner one a new lever since you’re doing things together.