8 Productive Ways To Spend Your Leisure Time

Kenneth Soares
July 13, 2020
4 min read

We really don’t have too much time on our hands. As a society, as a species (thanks global warming) and even more so as individuals. If you clock in about 7 hours of sleep and 8 hours at the office or class, you have about 9 hours in your day. This is without considering your daily rituals, freshening up, mealtimes and commute. So at most times, when you find yourself with time on your hands, there’s very little thought that you’ve given to how you should be spending it. So here’s a shortlist of how you could spend that time productively.

1) Reading

Reading comes with so many advantages and benefits, especially amongst the youth. Mentally, it stimulates the mind and reduces stress. It also poses as an option to expose oneself to the best thoughts, ideas and stories from all of history all over the world. It makes you smarter by improving your vocabulary and adds that special something to the creativity in your writing as well. It has been proven that reading also does wonders for your concentration and memory retention. It’s quite literally the best way to pass your time.

(One of my favourite books for leisure reading is The Little Prince.)

Dr. Wade Fish, Director at Northcentral University’s Graduate School, said, “Reading expands a person’s appreciation toward other life experiences the reader is not personally experiencing, especially when reading topics that are not related to that reader’s job or lifestyle.”

2) Writing

We’re out of the frying pan and into the fire with writing. Writing’s benefits are more settled in the communication sphere of an individual when compared to those of reading. It offers advantages in terms of your communication with other people and your clarity in thought as well as in the use of your words. Additionally, writing has benefits that cater to your emotional self as well. It provides a channel to healthily express your feelings and emotions and frankly,gain awareness of your reality. The most common way of writing is in the form of journaling. However, prose poetry and lyricism that bring out your creativity are not uncommon either.

3) Learning a language

Now this one’s a biggie! Learning a new language may seem like an intimidating, uphill task until you realise that you’re under no pressure to be going at a certain speed or curriculum. Everything you do, you do at your leisure. While I know learning a new language is not as easy as I’ve cracked it up to be, the internet really helps you out in the process. Using necessary help from DuoLingo and YouTube, the world of languages is up for grabs. You can unravel an entire culture’s worth of experiences through the gateway of its language even by spending half an hour a day for the same. It is severely advantageous to your personality and mental ability with benefits like improved memory, better multitasking skills, and SEVERAL others.

4) Taking up a hobby

In a world where we’re so cramped for time, it is almost impossible to understand what one must do when he/she has a few moments to himself. We’ve been starved from leisure time to the extent that we haven’t thought about what we would be doing on our time off. One solution to this would be taking up a hobby. Whether it’s music, movies, sports or fandom; hobbies are a great way to add to your personality and potentially your skillset and intellect.

5) Working out

Barely any time to spare means you don’t have any time to dedicate to anything but the new age rudiments of work, work and work. In the transition from running around day and night as a child to becoming a selectively hibernating post-adolescent, we barely realised the degree to which we have become lethargic. Gymming is a great way to work out but it offers a lot more obstacles from the fees that you pay for it to the cumbersome roads you take to make it to the doorstep, A more elegant solution would be to go on a ten minute run in the morning (and a 10-minute walk after dinner) to make sure that you haven’t lost that boost of energy that you once possessed. For a more core work-out, you can never go wrong with planking, pushups and/or crunches, all of which can be easily performed at home.

6) Playing a sport

If working out isn’t your game, why not try another one. Playing a sport from time to time is a great way to make sure you’re always connected to your body. Most sports involve multiple people so it can also be your way of meeting people and making new friends. It provides all the perks of working out while giving it a little bit of a competitive edge to push yourself harder. (For more, click here.)

7) Socialising and networking

Socialising and networking is an important part of being a human being. I’m sure you’ve heard that man is a social animal. Once you eliminate socialising from your routine, you start living in isolation and solitude which takes a toll on every aspect of your life. Hanging out with your peers at work or school/college isn’t enough to quench the thirst you have to connect with people and society at large. Make sure you go out with a few friends for an evening at least once in a couple of weeks. Rejuvenate yourself by cleansing yourself of shop-talk and indulging in some much-needed banter. It’ll improve the way you function and also leave you in a better mood.

 8) Resting

Geeeez life is so hectic all the time. You’re home from a long day out. You’ve had a long journey stepping from out of your home right back to your doorstep. Now that you have a moment or two, think about giving it a rest. Have a bellyful of something comforting and nourishing, take a shower and call it a day. You have a long day ahead of you starting tomorrow until the end of the week. Recharge yourself for the adventures you will take on then. Thank you for reading. If you liked this article, check out Reportcard. You can also check out: 3 Simple Ways To Make An Extra Hour For Yourself.

Kenneth Soares
Singer songwriter.

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