Whether it’s 5 minutes while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew, 30 minutes on your train ride home from work, or a few hours on Sunday afternoon, we all have free time that we could be using more productively.
While I fully condone relaxing and spending time with your loved ones during downtime, sometimes it’s also nice to feel productive and as though you’re making the most of your day.
I know that I personally always feel proud and accomplished after I use my free time in a productive way instead of just wasting it watching TV or browsing the internet aimlessly.
I’ve put together a list of 26 productive ways to use your free time; I hope you enjoy it and find this to be motivating 🙂
26 productive ways to use your free time:
- Read a book – I just picked up The Girl On the Train and can’t wait to dive in!
- Learn how to sew
- Clear your desk off – you’ll be able to think much more clearly when you don’t have clutter in your direct field of vision
- Volunteer for a cause that means something to you
- Call up a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in awhile and catch up
- Tackle the single task that you’ve been putting off over and over again, and check it off your to-do list once and for all
- Backup your photos – I love both DropBox and Google Drive for backing up my own photos. The best part is they are both free!
- Go for a long walk
- Start a garden – plant some fruits or veggies so you’ll be able to enjoy some homegrown produce in the convenience of your own backyard!
- Meal prep or make a batch of freezer meals – a great way to set yourself up for healthy and inexpensive meals for the week ahead
- Listen to a Ted Talk – I can guarantee you’ll learn something new or be inspired
- Declutter a space in your home – wondering what needs to go? Read Keep or Toss? 12 Questions to Help You Declutter
- Do a workout video at home – Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred and P90X seem to be some of the most enjoyed and popular home workout videos
- Learn a foreign language – or even just a few key phrases to get you started
- Update your to-do list and figure out what your top 3 priorities are to focus your efforts on those tasks
- Set some goals that you would like to accomplish in the next week, month, or even year and then get started on achieving them
- Read Productivity Habits to Streamline Your Life
- Network – shoot off a quick email or message on LinkedIn to connect with a colleague. It’s all about who you know, after all!
- Bake a loaf of homemade bread
- Clear out your inbox – delete, file, respond, and then breathe easier knowing that’s one less thing you have to do later
- Write a will – if you are married and/or have children, you need to do this. It might not be the most fun task, but it’s an important one
- Finally finish that project you started months ago – you know the one 😉
- Plan a garage sale to clear out some unwanted items from your home and make a bit of extra cash at the same time
- Send a thank you note to show your appreciation to someone
- Mow the lawn – some good ‘ol Vitamin D, fresh air, a workout, and a chore all accomplished in half an hour or so. How’s that for productive?
- Start a blog – a fun hobby that can be a great creative outlet and a way to earn an income all in the comfort of your own home (read my tutorial here for how to start your own blog in 4 easy steps). I’ve really enjoy my blogging journey since I started 6 months ago and would recommend anyone thinking about starting their own blog to just jump right in and do it!
What are other productive ways to use your free time that you can think of? How do you fill your free time?
Photo source: Ashley Ella Design