We all have things we do to give ourselves a break from our busy lives, but some those things might just be a force of habit. If you can eliminate some of of your unnecessary “me time” commitments, you’ll have more time and energy to put toward productive tasks.
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Are your “me time” activities a hobby or just something you do because you did them before? It could be something you’ve done since you were a kid, or something a friend got you into. Whatever it is, Jeff Haden at Inc suggests taking a good look at your personal activities can help you free up some time for doing useful things:
I used to play fantasy baseball and football. But when I thought about it, I had no idea why. Sure, I could rationalize it created a nice break in the week. I could rationalize it was a “mental health” activity that let me step aside from the stress and strain of business life. I could, but that wasn’t true. I just did it because I had always done it, and once I start every year I don’t want to quit because, um, I’m not a quitter. (I know that sounds stupid, but I’m willing to bet you do at least one thing for the same reasons.)
Take an honest look at the things you do and see if you have any time wasters that are only a habit. If it doesn’t bring you the joy and down time it should, let it go. It can be tough because we often feel like we owe ourselves something, but you’ll have more time and energy to do the productive things. You’ll also have more time to do the fun things you actually care about. Haden suggests a simple test to help: If you wouldn’t want to do it on a vacation, you probably don’t want to do it that much.