13 Signs That You Need More Free Time
You Don't Have Time for Your Indulgences
A schedule without joy is a joyless schedule.
We each have something that is our "time indulgence"—maybe it's a hobby like painting or camping. It might be as luxurious as an annual weekend getaway, or as simple as a lingering breakfast over the paper, or watching our favorite trashy TV show. Although it’s easy to sideline these activities or call them frivolous when more pressing issues face us, making time for these 'time indulgences' is important because they nourish us, get us to slow down and enjoy life.
Try this: Ask yourself: If you had a whole day of free time to yourself with no responsibilities, what would you do? Make a list of activities, and be specific with as many details as possible, i.e. Stroll to my neighborhood cafe to pick up a croissant and coffee, and eat it outside in the park; get a one-hour hot stone massage at my favorite spa; catch a matinee movie; send a card to my friend. You don't need to wait for an entire free day to do all those things. Schedule one activity each day for the next few weeks. See if your days don't feel more joyful.
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