If you’re like millions of other Americans, chances are you feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Between hobbies, sleep, family, friends, and not to mention work, balancing your time wisely can be challenging. Throw in any freelance projects, and you might as well be thinking free time is just some sick illusion.
Finding the right schedule that helps you enjoy your time outside of work can seem impossible, but in fact, making the most outside of those 9-5 hours can be easy.
Write Everything Down
It may go without saying, but you need to invest in a quality calendar that helps you keep track of all the things going on in your life. Whether it be work, freelance projects, soccer games, flights, or grocery lists, having everything written down in one place will help you see the big picture and stay on top of what matters.
Speaking of what matters, make sure you know what your real priorities are, and tackle those in a way that helps maximize your free time. Are you craving a relaxing weekend with family? Plan ahead and get your other not-so-fun projects done first so you have nothing to worry about other than enjoying yourself. When you aren’t worrying about deadlines, you will be able to appreciate the free time you do have, no matter how long or short.
When all else fails, and you find yourself drowning in a sea of busy, figure out what makes sense to get rid of. Do you have a client that doesn’t pay well and is just a hassle? End the relationship. Yes, by cutting down on some of your work you may end up losing a little cash, but the sanity and happiness that you will gain is priceless.