If you find yourself with some free time up your sleeve, you may also find yourself at a loss as to how to spend it. The fact is, while we usually look forward to free time, often we don’t make the most of it when we finally fit it into our schedules.
Here are 5 things you can do during your free time:
Keeping a reading list can be a good way to know what you had planned to read next, so you can easily pick up the next book you’ve been looking forward to. It’s also an excellent way to keep your knowledge of your industry, or other industries sharp, learn a new skill, or be swept away into the world of fiction.
It’s a good idea to always have a book that you’re currently reading, as well as a book that you’re planning to read next, even if it will take you a while to finish them both off.
2. Learn a Language
If you like to travel, or have simply always wanted to learn a language, now’s the time to try. Arrange for some lessons, or find a person who would be willing to teach you a new language via Skype, in exchange for your English teaching-skills for half of the time.
There are plenty of ways to learn a language in your free time, including apps like Duolingo and Mindsnacks, Software like Rosetta Stone, and websites similar to Rocket Languages or Babbel. The good thing about learning a language is it will inspire you to travel, and make it easier to get around once you’re overseas.
3. Play in an Online Casino
If you only have a small amount of free time, you probably won’t be able to get to a real casino, however there are plenty of online casinos waiting for you to make a bet. This is a good way to use your free time, as you’ll be using your brain, and you may even finish with a slightly heavier wallet.
4. Get together with Friends
Even if your free time has arrived quiet unexpectedly, there’s no reason why you can’t arrange for an impromptu get together with friends. Give a few of your closest friends a call, ask if they’d like to get together for dinner, or a movie, or perhaps get active and head outdoors.
If you can’t find anyone to hang out with, why not make some new friends? Check out couchsurfing and see if they’re having any meetups in your area, or offer to show a traveller around. Not only will you meet new people, but they may be able to help with your new language skills.
One of the biggest excuses for not hitting the gym is simply running out of time. If you find yourself with free time on your hands, why not make the most of it and go for a run, a walk, or do some weights. The endorphins will be well worth it.