A new approach to free time

I’m not exactly lazy.

It’s not that I waste an evening, or a weekend.I think most people would call me “productive.” My idea of fun is usually most people idea of chores. I just have a tendency to lumber around occasionally and waste a bit more time than I should doing wasteful activities.

I’ve been feeling a little edgy lately. I’ve been overdoing and overthinking everything, overextending myself, and stressing a bit too much about things outside of my control. Some of it’s serious, some it’s stupid, but all of it’s sad. And that’s not me. So, I had to figure out a way to do something about it.

I’ve tried to directly address everything that is within my control. What’s been more challenging is dealing with things outside of my control. I know myself pretty well, and I think I’ve come up with what I really need:  to create, learn, and dream. While it may sound silly, it makes sense for me.

My personal approach to self-care.

I need to feel the sense of accomplishment of creativity. I need to expand my mind. I need to imagine the possibilities.

That sounds even cheesier, but check it out:

Create Learn Dream
  • Stencils
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Gardening
  • Writing
  • Decorating/Design
  • Website
  • Training Martha
  • Building stuff
  • Music
  • Lynda
  • Web Development
  • Programming
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Planning
  • Preparing
  • Meditating
  • Beauty Routine

Spending an hour in each category every weeknight gives me 15 hours of reinvestment in myself each week. Of course, I’ll still spend a couple hours cooking, cleaning, and eating with Mike.

None of those tasks are wastes of time, and all of them energize me.

Gone are two other loves.

Netflix and PlayStation are sort of out of the picture, but it’s fine. There’s always Saturday morning, after all. All bets are off on the weekend.

I just don’t think I should watch quite as much TV as I have been lately. I never feel more energized after watching TV, that’s for sure.

So, there you have it. I’ve been doing it a couple nights, and I already feel more refreshed every morning, more efficient and patient at work, and enjoying my evenings with Mike even more than usual.

I’ll give an update later and let you know how it goes.