Free time?

Are you finding it hard to have any free time this summer? Is it difficult to find downtime? Does life seem to keep going at its fast pace and you find it hard to take a break? Do you have something you want to do but never get around to it?

Well, if you are like many people, downtime doesn’t just happen unless it is scheduled. You might be able to have lunch with a friend or a take vacation with the family because they are organized events and make it onto your calendar, reserving that space. You plan for those times or favorite activities. You think ahead, decide a time, and then because someone else is involved in the event you stick to that time.

What about scheduling free time or time to spend doing your favorite hobby? Sound odd, maybe even a little counter intuitive. However, if you leave it to chance, it’s probably not going to happen unless it is on your schedule and that time is protected from the other happenings in your life. Don’t let life control your time. Be proactive by setting aside time whether it is by yourself or with others.

What is it you would like to do this summer? Relax beside a pool, stroll through the local nature park, complete a 1,000 piece puzzle, or catch up on reading? Pull out your calendar, pick a day and time to reserve the space, and then keep that appointment with yourself.

© 2018 Beth Giles

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