We are still in the depths of a pandemic, and time seems to be moving both too fast and too slow. Stop in for some tips to spend your time wisely, without jeopardizing your health or those around you.
January has begun and we are well on our way into the new year, however, January can often feel like you are a little more strapped for cash than normal. Paying the bills from the festive period, the long wait for payday, it can be a huge drag, and often, even though your bank account may have been replenished with your wages, it may end up disappearing as quickly as it arrives. It can often leave a strain on what to do during your spare time.
Right now we are all struggling with one main thing, and that is Covid-19. It has jit the world hard and a lot of us are being advised, and even wanting to, stay at home, or not do our usual things that we love to do. It can often mean that our spare time is getting a little bit boring, or we are finding it hard to fill the void between working or school and going to bed ready for another day. With that in mind, these ideas below are here to inspire you on some of the things that you can do to spend your spare time wisely. Whether it is improving your finances, changing your lifestyle or even just trying new things. This blog has you covered.
Trying out a distracting hobby
First of all, a good idea would be to try out a new hobby. Something that requires your focus and can be a huge distraction means that although it hasn’t cost much to do said activity, your time has been well spent and in some cases you can even feel relaxed. Coloring is a great one, but also things like origami can be a great way to be creative and you don’t need much to get started at all. You can learn more about it online. Other distracting hobbies might be writing, creating an online blog where you can share your passion or even using your time to fill out surveys or enter competitions. Which can be quite lucrative. Which brings us to the next option to consider.
Making some extra money online
Just above we mentioned some of the things you can do as a hobby that could be quite lucrative, so it’s worth expanding on that a little more. Using your spare time to boost your income can be a really productive way of utilizing the time you have. Filling out online surveys, testing websites and offering freelance services on popular online platforms can help you to earn some money doing things from your laptop and tablet. A blog is a fantastic online venture that can start out as a hobby and turn into a money maker. Enabling you to share your passions and creativity vehicle potentially advertising products and services. Social media is also a fun way to do this and influencer marketing is growing at a rapid rate. More businesses want the likes of you to test out their products and be honest with your already engaged audience. There are plenty of articles online to help you set up a blog or consider utilizing your social media to make some money.
Look at ways of saving money
While you are on the journey of improving your financial situation you can often make some changes to your habits and the things that you do to help you save money as well. Sometimes these things can be time consuming, such as hunting out bargains, cash-back and discount codes before heading to the checkout on a website. Or even things like meal planning and batch cooking. All of which are really useful ways of spending your time wisely, and enabling you to make some big savings in the long term as well.
Have some fun online
Of course, there are certain aspects of our lives that many of us will be avoiding such as heading out on nights out. Maybe some of you are fans of casinos etc. But you can have some fun online. It might be that you want to watch a sports event and then have a gamble on the result, that might be the NFL where you can look at steelers betting lines. Maybe you like the idea of trying out dating sites if you are single, and using the time to get to know somebody without the pressure of dating etc. Perhaps you might want to think about playing some online games, such as Fortnite or other gaming alternatives out there. You don’t always need to be gaining something from your spare time, often just having some fun can be just what we need, especially now when times are so hard for people.
Going out for a long walk in the fresh air
There is nothing better than putting on your coat, grabbing your dog (if you have one), putting on some boots and just heading out for a long walk in the fresh air. It is a great way to clear your head, but it can also be very relaxing. However, on the other side of things you can use walking as an opportunity to be more active in your daily life. Choosing to have a brisk walk and even a run can be an excellent way to spend your time while feeling better about yourself. A walk could also give you the perfect time to enjoy an audio book or a podcast. You have the quiet to listen, the fresh air to feel energized, and the change of scenery to really lift your spirits. It is excellent for your mindset and should be something you aim to do daily. Just make sure you wear a mask and socially distance!
Exercising more frequently
We couldn’t mention walking without suggesting that you use some of your spare time to exercise. It could be that you want to think about running, or doing home workouts. Being active can be a great way to help keep your energy levels high and your mindset in the right place. The more you do, the more you will start to feel better. While this might not be something you want to do daily, especially if you are getting out for a walk, it can be something you aim to do a few times a week. This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for to get fitter and healthier, ready for when the world gets back to normal.
Jump in your car and head to a new town or village
If exploring is in your nature but you just don’t have the funds to stretch for a plane ride somewhere then think about exploring closer to home. Getting in your car, jumping on a bus or buying a train ticket doesn’t mean you have to have too much outlay in cost, but it could take you somewhere new. Perhaps a town you haven’t been to before, a little village in the countryside. If you look hard enough there will be plenty of areas locally that you won’t have been to before. While it is advisable to stay close to home right now, as long as you practice social distancing you can start to explore new places and see things differently. You can take a walk around outside and spend some money in smaller businesses, or just take a nice drive through the scenary.
Learn something new
You may have more time on your hands, and often we all have that one thing that we would have said in the past that we had no time to do. Sound familiar? This is why you could use this extra time you have to learn something new. Perhaps you want to learn a new language. Teaching yourself through online videos or listening to audiobooks. It could be you want to learn something digital like coding, or maybe you want to learn to cook. What is it you have been wanting to do but said you never had time to do? Start today!
Get your home in order
Another thing you could use this time you have, and put it to good use would be to get your home in order. Maybe you want to declutter and sell unwanted things online? Maybe you like the idea of redecorating, changing the room around with different furniture or even just deciding to change the use of a room altogether. Now is the time to get your home in shape so declutter those drawers, be brutal with your wardrobe, paint those walls and change things up a little. You won’t ever be disappointed by investing time and energy into your home and space that you live in.
Editing photographs and videos you have captured
Finally, so many people love to capture memories on their smartphone or camera, whether that be pictures or videos. So why not spend your time collating them, editing them and organizing them into files. Most computers and laptops have free editing software that could help enhance the quality of the shot you have taken.
Let’s hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the fun things you could do in your spare time now and in the future.