Do you often find yourself bored in your free time, or going back to the same old habits? While resting and relaxing is important for your well-being, there is more to life than just working and resting from work. At some point, you’ll need to take charge of your free time and start making the most of it in order to develop yourself, find meaning, improve the world around you, or even just to have fun in a new and exciting way. Here are some things you should try if you’d like to make the most out of your free time.

1 - Plan ahead

Before anything else, you need a schedule, and you need to be able to plan your free time in advance. That’s how you can start making the most out of the time you have available. If you are constantly going through the motions, with no plans for today or tomorrow; then you’ll find it very hard to change directions. Life will keep happening to you, leaving you subject to fate and your own whims.

Remember, a good schedule doesn’t have to be a prison, it doesn’t even need to include any activities at all. Just writing down how many hours of free time you expect to have on each day of the week will already get your mind working on how you can better spend that time.

2 - Get a new hobby

If you just want something to engage with and pass the time, then a new hobby can be the perfect solution. Find something creative that interests you in some unique way. It’s hard to find new things you like on command, but maybe there’s something you’ve been interested in for a while that you could now turn into a hobby. Maybe you really like fish tanks, or animation, or really wanted to be able to perform guitar solos as a teenager. Now it’s the time to give those old dreams and desires some space in your life.

3 - Dust off an old hobby

On the other hand, if you are one of the many people who had a passion in your youth but buried it as you got older, this might be the time to give that old passion off another try. See if that hobby still engages you. What are some of the things you used to do at school but haven’t tried in years?

4 - Do some volunteer work

Volunteering is a nice and social way to spend your free time meaningfully. It also has the bonus of giving you plenty of chances to meet new and interesting people, establish connections, and become a more active part of your community.

5 - Find a physical activity you enjoy

Maybe you’ve been to the gym a couple of times and it felt awful. That sucks, but that doesn’t have to be the end of your journey down the world of physical activities. Try different things, new things — sure there’s no gain without pain, but you don’t have to try to gain anything, you can just try to find something that grips and engages you. Martial arts, yoga, running, biking, surfing, and many other activities are known to inspire passion in people. Maybe if you keep looking, you’ll find something that inspires passion in you; something physical you can engage in without it feeling like a chore.

6 - Make extra money

Having a side hustle can also keep you engaged and help give purpose to your free time. Sites like Teach Me! Personal Finance can help you learn how to start making extra money using online tools.

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