Minimalists (myself included) talk a lot about how their change in lifestyle has provided them plenty of free time (that is the goal). But, what do they do with that time?
I can’t speak for most of the world, but I know that here in America, we view business as the ideal. We struggle with free time and grow restless because we are “unproductive.” Amirite? That definition is me to a T. If I have a significant amount of free time, I feel lazy and unproductive.
Now that my capsule wardrobe is done, I meal plan, I have a simple cleaning schedule, and I’ve minimized my hair/makeup routine, I have a lot of free time. So, what do I do with that time?
Catch Up On Shows
I don’t highly recommend this option because tv is just such a waste a lot of the time, but I have some shows that I love. Because of my perpetual state of busy up until recently, I was way behind on almost all of them. But with my new free time, I can stay caught up on Grey’s Anatomy, Fixer Upper, and whatever other shows I truly enjoy watching.
Learn Something New
This is my favorite thing about minimalism. I have the time to learn new skills! I’ve had more time to devote to practicing photography which I hope to push more into the direction of a career instead of just a hobby. I also got to learn calligraphy leading up to Austin and I’s wedding. This saved me money by being able to do the calligraphy myself, and also allowed me to add personal touches to our wedding.
I also would love to learn to play the guitar. That’s probably next on my list. Oh, and I’m still working on the cooking. I’m not bad but that’s a skill that takes time and a LOT of practice.
What is great is that while you have the time for these new hobbies, you also will have more money to be able to make the initial investment to learn them. When you’re not out shopping and buying things you don’t really want or like, you tend to save money.
Indulge In ‘You’ Time
Want to relax in a bubble bath? Do it! Hot shower? Go, girl! Paint your nails? Why not? I love using a bit of my time each day doing something for myself. We deserve to take some time each day to invest in ourselves. ‘You’ time is anything that helps you relax and recenter.
I feel like doing things that are beneficial to only ourselves gets a bad rap. Because women are inherently nurturing, we are always doing everything for everyone else. This time is self-care time and allows us to continue on giving so much to others. So, go on with your bad selves ladies.
I wish I liked to workout, I really do. I used to love yoga, barre classes, and swimming, and I do still love those things, I just can justify the price tag that goes with them. But that’s just me. If you enjoy these activities, or running, whatever. You’ll have more time to devote to them.
For me, the only thing that really fits into this category is that I have more time to walk my dog. I now have plenty of time in my schedule for two good walks everyday, and dog park time on Saturday and Sunday. This in turn has also led to a much better behaved nugget (thank goodness!).
Blog! (Or Start A Blog!)
Now that I have some extra time to spare in the mornings, in the evenings, and on weekends, I find it much easier to find time to write blog posts and prepare social media posts. One of the reasons I took a mini-hiatus back in December was that I felt like I had no time for blogging.
Looking back, I was busy planning a wedding, investing in my relationship, working full-time, learning photography, etc. but there was also a lot of wasted time standing in my closet looking for what to wear, or standing in my kitchen trying to decide what to cook, and don’t even get me started on the time Austin and I would waste driving around to find somewhere to eat if it was an eat out night.
Now, all of that wasted time is gone and I can redirect it to keeping up with this here blog. I currently have posts written and prepared to go live 2 weeks out from now. That is a huge change from when I started. I worked nightly to finish and hit schedule on posts for the next day! Yikes!
And if you don’t have a blog but have always flirted with the idea of starting one, I promise that if you eliminate wasted time for your day, you can totally do it!
Invest In Relationships
With my time freed up a lot, I now have more time to provide my husband my undivided attention. I also have more time to serve him. I love having the time in the morning to write him a quick note on our bathroom mirror, or make him a cup of coffee in addition to my own.
I also have more time to invest in my relationship with God. I have more time to spend in prayer, to read and study my bible, and to read articles and blog posts about faith and christian living.
So that’s really the bulk of how I use my newfound free time!