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How much free time do you get

How much free time do you get where you can actually do something you enjoy? time-management

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Lisa’s Answer

Some of the immediate things which come to mind to me when I read your question:
1) Create boundaries and be disciplined - nobody else is going to do this for you - in my experience there is always more work than there is time and if you let it, it can take over your life. Set your boundaries about what you are willing and happy to do. And share this with your colleagues - if they know this, its easier for them in setting up meetings etc. For example, I don't work on Fridays as I spend the day with my little girl - my calendar is blocked out, my out of office is on - this is my time with her. I am not perfect in this area - but I am certainly much better than I used to be.
2) Priority and Urgency - I no longer work/catch up at weekends on a regular basis - I prioritise what I need to do for the week, and if I don't think it will get done, I will replan or also look to the wider team to support. I will plan based of what is priority/has immediate need vs what is important but not urgent
3) Find something you enjoy doing as your job/career - whilst it is still work, doing something which you are passionate about, makes it enjoyable and much easier to get up, face the day and achieve what you need to
4) Take care of your own well being - if you feel good, then how you approach your work is more likely to be with energy and positivity - I have started doing walking meetings - if I am just having a catch up with someone or to discuss some topics, I take the meeting and go for a walk at the same time - gets me moving and I am still doing what I need to (not all meetings/activities are suitable for this but I find there is usually at least a few a week I can do this for).
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Khanh’s Answer

I think how much free time you get is not handed or decided for you by someone else. You are the owner of your own destiny, in the free world. You can decide using a system that works for your - including your obligations, commitments and interests. Google frameworks on time management, prioritization, etc. to help you!
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Edgie’s Answer

Hi Paco, if you are really enjoying and genuinely happy with what you are doing, you do not really need free time is an option. I agree with Kathryn said that setting boundaries is important as well. Know your priorities, what are the things that you need to do first, or you think must be done first above all. Also, You may list it down in a paper or maybe through your phone so you'll be more organize with the things that you need to sort of. Do not worry to much if sometimes you are not on track. Inhale and exhale, you got this! trust the process. I hope this will help you.

Best of luck!

-Edgie
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Mandeep’s Answer

I am sure that you won't be getting any time for yourself if you are enjoying your work but at the same time, it is important to see the bigger picture and work towards upskilling yourself. You may want to pick a new skill or a new hobby. If you start identifying yourself with what you do (for a living or for passion) and if you are not able to pursue the same for any reason, that does not mean that your life is over.

Reading a book(for say 20mins daily) different from what you do might be a great place to start :)

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Rebecca’s Answer

This is question on time management. I believe you can use some calendar or diary tools to help you, e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Calendar in your phone, etc.
I would suggest a few steps below that may help :
1. Put in your usual schedule into the diary first
2. Assign time for your homework, project and revision
3. Put in the time you need for rest
4. You may see what time remains, you can assign the time on what you enjoy, e.g. your hobbies, etc. You can also put in time for exercise, gathering with friends, family, etc.
5. Last but not least, you do not need to fill up all the time in your diary. You may keep some 'Me' to relax and reflection.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Kathryn’s Answer

The answer is up to you! If you find a career you love, sometimes it feels like free time. You can also learn to set boundaries for yourself that will allow you to block off time for the things that are important to you. Many careers today offer flexible schedules where work is not considered a specific 'time' but an 'outcome.' Find your passion and follow your dreams. Good luck!
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Padmapriya’s Answer

Hi Paco,

Nice question.

Managing time is all about managing our day to day activities based on the priorities. I personally feel that everyone should have a Me time to spend for themselves which helps our mental wellbeing. If we have free time then we can have our own hobbies, we can help someone by involving in CSR activities. Helping the communities in whatever ways we can, even a small help can make a big difference in someone's life.

We can also develop the time management skills and get some time to spend outside of work.

Best of Luck!!



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Sandeep’s Answer

It's mainly depend upon your job/responsibility and your time management skill. If you will prioritize your work and other responsibilities then you can easily get proper free time for your family/hobbies.
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Jacqueline’s Answer

In the past I struggled with making free time available. This meant that I was working a lot and not focusing on maximizing my time of enjoyment aside from work. The way that I maximize my time now is by doing the following:
- Setting boundaries of when I will work and will have free time (I do however understand that at times my job may be more demanding and therefore I may need to be flexible)
- meditating daily for 5 mins before I look at my phone. This allows me to take the time to center myself and get prepared to take on the day
- at the end of the day I try to think of a few things for which I am grateful, this leads me to be in the correct mindset
- being in the right mindset or shifting to a more positive mindset has allowed me to be more efficient and has increased the amount of free time available for me
- lastly, I enjoy my free time to the fullest, even if it is sitting on my couch.
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