How do you want to spend your time?

Spending time

Unfortunately, there is only so much time a week to fill in with all the things we enjoy. There are 168 hours in a week, and assuming you’re asleep for around 56 of them, and spending around 12 eating, washing, and getting out of bed, that leaves you with 100 hours left for everything else.

Most of us want to be spending our time doing the things that make us happy, right? But we also need to balance our time doing stuff we enjoy with things we need to do. Getting that balance right is key.

How do you spend your time now?

If you’re still at school, a big chunk of your time is taken up by attending school. Then there’s time for homework, assignments, study, and maybe more.

What are the other things you do in your spare time? Do you play a sport or an instrument? Do you set aside time for a hobby each day or week? How much time do you spend with friends and family?

Write down all the things that are taking up your time right now. Once you’ve done that, take a guess at how many hours each activity takes up every week. Don’t forget to include things like chores or work, travelling to and from school, and any downtime.

How do you want to spend your time in the future?

Once you’ve got a visual idea of how you spend your time, reflect on it. Are you happy with the way you spend your time?

Maybe you’d like to spend more time with friends and family. Maybe you’d like to dedicate a bit more time to your schoolwork. Think about ways you might be able to reallocate your time to fit in more of the things you love.

Then, start thinking even further ahead. Once you finish school, how will the way you spend your time change? What would it look like if you go to uni? What might it look like if you start working?

Getting the balance right

Make another chart or graph, and this time put in how many hours you want to spend doing each activity (not how many you’re currently doing now).

Does it match up well with the way you’re spending your time now? If not, are there any ways you can shuffle your time to make space for more things that you enjoy?

Striking the right balance between the things we want and the things we need to do is important. If you don’t get any downtime or time to enjoy things, you’ll probably get burnt out. On the flipside, not doing the important things (study, chores, etc.) will probably lead to some issues in the future.

Remember, the way we spend our time looks different for each individual. Some people feel most productive filling up all their time doing “important” things like study and work. Some people need a bit more breathing time, and that’s okay too.

The important thing to remember is to find a balance that works for you and makes you happy.

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