Have you ever asked yourself how much time you’re wasting? I thought that not having a schedule meant I was free. Far from it, I was trapped into bad habits, spending hours at a time online, and putting off the things I really wanted to do. As well as feeling pretty crappy.
Now that I’ve finished university (still one exam left to go), I’m going to have even more time at home, as I’m still tackling the job hunt situation. Inspired by my lecture timetable, I created a sort of life schedule for the days when I have nothing planned.
I’ll still make room for social visitations and other events when they occur. As you can see in my schedule above (created in Excel), most of the days appear similar. I can fit quite a few different activities under each broad title. Media is often videogames or TV shows. Internet is the usual checking of the email, RSS and social networks. Reflection is my daily 750 words. Energise is just some basic exercises to get my blood pumping for the day.
Each day I also have a 3 hour working period in the morning, to do some solid work on my writing or other interests. You may think that’s a bit short. But really 3 hours of quality work tops an all day slog of procrastination bundled with guilt.
Yesterday I put the schedule to the test and I was surprised how much I fit into one day and how much I enjoyed it. I was a bit lenient, because sometimes you just can’t schedule life. But for the most part I stuck to it, and felt a lot lighter than my old slothish self.
So this life schedule won’t be fixed. It’ll change over time, according to what I have on my plate. Most importantly I need to remember walking and reflection to keep my head on straight.
I strongly recommend trialling a life schedule. Try it for a week if you think you waste a lot of time, and I guarantee you’ll get a lot more out of life.