Optimizing the time you spend outside of your work environment is a key component in realizing your vision of success. By approaching your free time not just with vague to-dos but with the self-discipline you employ during your 9 to 5 you can enhance every moment of your life to better serve the long term goals you have in mind. It is unavoidably true that the higher up the ladder you climb the busier you will become, inundated with a myriad of small but crucial tasks you must manage and prioritize. To create a timetable that works best for you a steadfast commitment to success must be made. You have to accept that every second of your day is a chance to be your best self and move closer to your goals, and mismanaging your time can be a serious roadblock in your journey to the top.
First off you must zero in on what exactly the best use of your time is. Take your weekends for example, schedule them immaculately prioritizing what is most urgent. Then carve out free blocks for the people in your life who require your attention. I find balance in my life not by putting equal hours into family, work, and health and letting all that fall as it may, but instead by controlling my schedule with precision so needs get met in an order that’s efficient for everyone.
Many people say you should use your free time to slow down, relax, and take it easy. While this sentiment is an enticing one it’s important to think about it critically and in practice. By organizing your time in this so called organic manner you actually leave more room for the people and pressing tasks in your life to be neglected. Optimizing your schedule leaves tangible room for everything, showing respect for your time and the time of others.
If you’re working a full time job the logic that your most efficient self should be reserved only for the minimal time you’re at your desk, and not the remaining 128 hours you have in a week, is one that’s hard to argue for. Living by a mindset that encourages you to be your best self for such a short set of time is not very inspirational, it idolizes apathy and labels it as relaxation. In reality we are the most relaxed when we feel all the needs in our life are being met. This can only be achieved with precision time-management.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article the personal promises of success you make are the most useful things in motivating yourself to pursue daily optimization. Meeting all your needs during your time off is something that will never occur organically, it requires strategic thinking. Expecting everything to fall into place is not going to serve you or your goals.
Feeling at peace with yourself and your future is a state of fulfillment that comes from optimizing your time and using your schedule to play to your personal strengths. Focusing energy on what you envision as a successful life points you in the direction of your goals. But it requires committing all your time and managing it strategically to reach the destination of your ambition.
To enact real change you must think not only about what you can add to your weekly schedule but also what you can take out. Think about what activities take up most of your free time. Do these activities serve you in reaching your goals? Does the immediate reward of time wasting activities like partying, waking up late, binge watching TV, and playing video games outweigh the satisfaction of achieving success?
With this article I am simply reciting to you the most logical advice about how to achieve your best life. The majority of your time is spent at home, not at work, so why would you not want to use those plentiful hours in a productive and clever way? Think about how the activities you partake in during your time off serve to improve your life. Prioritize the ones that do and say goodbye to those that are nothing more than a time suck. You have the power to achieve your goals, one strategically scheduled day at a time.