Ever since I’ve found myself on Short Term Disability with a herniated disc, I’ve had a lot of free time and very little money! Well, it was hard to adjust to that pair of circumstances at first, but with some time and the right motivation I was able to make good use of my time and stay productive.
So, if you’ve ever found yourself with some extra free time and not a lot of money to fill that time with, then no worries, I’ve got you covered for the future. Here are my top suggestions to keep yourself entertained and busy on the cheap.
1- Try Writing, Drawing or Painting!
Nothing is more therapeutic and good for the soul then dabbling with the creative arts. If you haven’t done this in a while, then it’s time to reconnect with your inner child again.
Try writing a short story, create a blog, mess around with some poetry, whatever floats your boat! Write love letters to your personal miss or mister. Write love letters to that guy or girl that you’ve been secretly creeping on Facebook or Instagram for the past 6+ months. Whatever gets you writing, do it!
If you’re more the visually creative type then get to drawing or painting! Sketch that bowl of fruit you have sitting on your kitchen counter, try drawing your pet, do a self-portrait. If that stuff is a bit too plain Jane for you, try re-creating a photograph of a beautiful landscape or image that you’ve found on the internet. Even better, try drawing or painting some wicked abstract art straight from your imagination. The limits of what you can do are only set by the boundaries of your creative side.
2- Break a Sweat!
The majority of the time that anybody excuses themselves from exercise, it’s because they say that they don’t have the time! Well guess what? You have plenty of it right now. So get off of your butt and break a sweat.
Go for a walk, jog or run. Work on that cardio, baby. If you have a gym membership, even better. Own a bike? Take a ride. Have errands to run within walking distance? Well forego the vehicle and take a hike with a backpack if you need to. Add a bit of music to the mix with a set of headphones and you’re well on your way to having a good time while doing something good for your body as well. Your heart and your health will thank you and you can be proud of that.
3- Work on Building a New Skill!
Another benefit of having some free time is that you have plenty of time to start developing your skill set as a well-rounded and impressive adult!
Let’s work on those cooking skills. Try creating something new with food. Hell, you could even work on trying to whip up some healthier meal ideas that are also delicious. Then you’re getting better at cooking and improving your waistline at the same time. Win/win.
I, myself, am not musically talented but if you are then this is a great time to start working on those skills. Suck at instruments? Try singing! Annoying the neighbors? Sing in the shower. Shatter the mirror? Okay well… Then it might be time to try something else, like stand up comedy.
4- Learn Something New!
When you invest your time into knowledge, well, that is never a waste of time! Do some research on a topic that interests you. Read a book. Watch a documentary. You never know when that knowledge may come in handy.
Obviously, researching your favorite Kardashian is probably going to be less useful than researching the rise and fall of the Roman empire, but each to their own! Politics, especially in this day and age where the world is so polarized can be a great thing to stay informed with. Take some time to learn the facts rather than the propaganda.
Perhaps you could research an area of study or a potential career that you’ve been contemplating, even if it’s just a dream or a curiosity. Satisfying that curiosity comes before the planning stage and the planning stage is always the first step in a new life direction. Who knows where it might lead?
5- Clean and Get Organized!
Well, some of you might have released an audible huff after reading that last heading but it’s true, tidying up or organizing our belongings is a great way to spend a few free minutes where we would otherwise be doing nothing special. Organization particularly can help to make our lives more efficient and even save us time in the future.
Are you constantly searching through those kitchen cupboards to find just what you need because it’s a chaotic mess? Maybe it’s time to do something about that. Do you have a stack of important papers or receipts for your personal files that need to get put away? Now might be a good time to get those organized, and you’ll feel good about it afterwards. Put on some music and make a good time of it! It doesn’t have to feel like a chore.
Hopefully you’ve gained a few ideas to keep yourself busy, and if not, you can just keep reading my posts on Blog of the Wolf Boy. Whatever works for you!
Have any suggestions that you’d like to add? I’d love to hear what you have to say below!
“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali