When it comes to our free time, most of us just want to be free from the rigid schedule of our work lives. However, at least one study indicates we may enjoy our free time more if we put a little planning energy into it first.
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In a study of 403 university students in Taiwan (admittedly, a small and narrow sample size), a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies had participants fill in an adapted version of the World Health Organisation's Quality of Life scale, a 22 item scale that took physical, psychological, social and environmental factors into consideration. Researchers then analysed the numbers and found a positive correlation between planning, goal setting, and organising your free time and quality of life.
Correlation doesn't equal causation, but the conclusion does seem logical: by planning specific things we actually want to do but often put off by surfing the web or watching TV, we can spend our time on more fulfilling activities or share experiences with friends.
Free Time Management Contributes to Better Quality of Life [Journal of Happiness Studies]