In my daily newsletter, I allow some space for guest posts on Sundays.
This is a short post by Josh Jackson about being more present and having more time to enjoy life.
The following ideas are things I do every week to make the most of my time – hopefully you can try a few that suit your lifestyle and help you make the most of every day.
1 – Drop The Headphones
Who’s guilty of putting their headphones in whenever they walk to the shops?
Our brain needs time to switch off. Between your phone, tv, laptop and music, your brain is pretty much engaged from waking up until going to bed. As a generation we have become obsessed with constantly being ‘tuned in’ – our feeds refresh instantly and provide new photos, tweets and statuses for us to think about. When are you thinking about your own thoughts, beliefs and goals?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive fan of music but there’s a time and place. A new album drops, great I want to see what the fuss is about. But a 4 minute walk to the shops… what am I gaining? I’d rather use those few minutes in a day to reflect on myself – where I’ve been and where I’m going.
2 – Wake Up Early
A tough one for those who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, but it’s hard to match the fulfilment when you’ve got outside for a sunrise or gone on a walk as the frost is melting from the grass. It’s an endorphin booster and guess what, you still have the entire day ahead of you to spend time on your other hobbies and passions.
If you’re someone who’s a serial 10am weekend riser then let’s meet in the middle. Saturday or Sunday, wake up at 8am, open the curtains and soak it in. You don’t always have to go outside to enjoy it either. Grab a cup of tea, switch on your favourite series and enjoy your start to the weekend. You’re then starting the rest of the day at 9 or 10 am rather than lunch time – so much more time for activities.
3 – Say Yes More Often
I used to be extremely stubborn (now I’m just stubborn). Cook spaghetti bolognese a different way than I always do it? No chance. Start a new series on Netflix? I’d prefer to watch reruns of The Office. Buy a pair of trainers that aren’t black? Madness.
The reality is – you don’t know, until you know. How do you know if you’re going to enjoy something until you’ve given it a chance. There’s a million different hobbies out there you haven’t tried yet, say yes the next time you get a new offer to do something and see what happens.
Disclaimer: I made a few minor edits to Josh’s text to improve clarity. The ideas are 100% his.