The wonders of modern technology were supposed to save people time and open up ample opportunities for leisure. However, dishwashers and other appliances only seem to add to the daily grind of chores and housekeeping.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to distance oneself from the daily grind. Here are some tips on how to create more leisure time:
Everyday, take a little break and distance yourself from what you’re currently doing. It may sound a bit New Age, but taking a few minutes out of your day can be a rewarding experience since it can help you find perspective. You can apply that perspective toward reconfiguring your day, or just to help catch your breath.
Cut Out Time Sinks
Once you’ve gained some perspective, consider the activities that take up the most of your time. Do they need to be so time intensive? Factoring in things like your commute time and other activities that soak up the hours can lead you to making cuts in your daily or weekly schedule, freeing up time for more leisurely pursuits.
Assign Leisure Time
One of the dangers in trying to free time up for leisurely pursuits is failing to stick to your plan. Life can be unpredictable and leisure time can quickly become catch-up time. To counteract this, schedule leisure time for yourself and hold yourself to it like you would any other appointment.
Little tasks can add up over the course of the week, costing you precious time that you could otherwise have to yourself. Are you using your vacuum cleaners and other household cleaning appliances daily, when you could use them weekly, for one big and more efficient cleaning session? Think about repetitious tasks you do each day and ask yourself if you could lump them together into a single day.
Reduce Meeting Time
Technology can be a great tool in rescuing some leisure time. Do you really need to have daily meetings with various employees and co-workers? Can it be done in one large meeting or even by email? Again, consolidate time and utilise new means of communication to shave hours of work time off each day.
Rethink Your Routine
People are creatures of habit and we often fall into familiar traps. Rethink your routine and consider if how you structure your day is to your benefit. Are you really making the most out of each day or are you just doing what you’ve always done? If you need to make an effort for leisure time then it suggest that you need to shake things up.
Tackle Your Biggest Task First
The biggest and hardest jobs are often saved to last because they are exactly that – difficult and time-consuming. However, this can lead to procrastination which will eat up your free time. Dive in and do the hardest thing first in order to maximise your productivity.
Taking these few steps can help shave an hour or two off each day for leisure. That free leisure time is for you to use however you wish.