How To Make Time For Other Interests

So, that happened and in my usual fashion, I decided to address it with a post.

How do I manage my time?  Again, I would like to issue a disclaimer. I’m a freelancer so I’m pretty much in control of my time and I cannot speak for 9 – 5ers although you might be able to find one or two things that cut across. I’m going to spare you all of that cliche preamble on time management and get right into it.

  • It’s important to prioritize. 

Yes, it’s as vital as they say. We all have 24 hours a day and it’s up to us how we decide to use it. As a freelancer, different jobs have their individual demands. For instance, I have a job that requires me to write content daily. Unfailingly. I also have a weekly column that has to be updated. Then I have another one that is less demanding and more flexible. The trick is to prioritize them accordingly. This saves a lot of headaches and disappointments. Also, you can work more efficiently. When all of that is done, then you can dedicate the extra time to your other interests.

  • Identify your interests

I have Pinterest boards for all of my interests. The first time any subject piques my interest, I open a board and take time out to pin it accordingly. The pins usually include ideas and action plans. Whenever I decide to take up anyone, I just open the boards and the inspiration gushes out like a fountain.

  • Prioritize your interests

Depending on what you like, there are some activities that are more time-consuming than others. If you have a 9 – 5, it is obviously not advisable to take up a full- time hobby. You could pick something that doesn’t require efforts of any kind. That way it doesn’t become a job but stays a hobby and gives you satisfaction in the long run.

  • Pick one and break it down 

The first time I learned how to make homemade skincare products myself, I broke it down into phases and took it one at a time. I started with the basic whipped shea butter. Then went on to ACV toner, body scrubs and eventually deodorants. When I mastered those basic recipes, I started to upgrade them so I started all over again. This time, I upgraded my basic whipped shea butter to a proper body butter and went on to the next one. Of course, there were trials and errors in between. I tried to make them in smaller quantities initially to avoid waste and all that. Eventually, I got it right although I still have to tweak it to suit the weather. The point is, making products is obviously time – consuming and demanding as a result of the trials and errors involved but it did not feel like it. Not for a single moment. Also, I enjoyed it. There’s some sort of fulfillment that comes with making things yourself.

 

These steps have worked for me and I hope it does for you too.

State of Mind.

Hey!

What do you do when things you do for fun don’t appeal to you any longer?! Those things that you’ve gotten so attached to just break your heart because they aren’t serving their purpose anymore. Sounds like that proverb, ”Don’t put all your eggs in on basket”. Those people that seem to light up your world with their convos are just MIA or have taken a back seat. *sigh. What then do you do?! Life continues….

There are a few things that interest me. Buh due to some terrible mood swings,they somewhat disgust me one way or the other. I’ve watched so many movies at the same time that right now, i can’t sit for more than 2 hours as opposed to my regular 6 hours stretch. I’ll just get bored. Same with music and books. Although my music swing is just exceptional. I could go 6months without them and when i suddenly pick up my earphones i miss them so much that i go hours until i’m bored again. Then it becomes a routine. I dunno. Nothing seems to interest me anymore. Social media has sorta lost it’s essence. Everything just seems so……i dunno what word to use now. Suddenly, conversing with absolute strangers doesn’t sound so exciting any longer. And the ones who aren’t strangers are fighting their own personal battles. What then do we do?! Life goes on…..

x.