Do you ever have a few spare minutes in your day and you’re just not sure what to do with them? Instead of wasting those minutes or letting them slip by, use them to improve your future.
Spare time is probably pretty rare if you’re the type of person who is always busy. That’s why when those few moments come along, we are never too sure how to use them.
Next time you find yourself with a bit of spare time in your day, try one of the 10 following things in order to improve your future.
1. Open a Savings Account
The best way to prepare for your future is to be financially stable. In order to successfully do that, you need a savings account.
Chances are you already have a savings account with your bank, but if you don’t have an account open it’s easy to get one with any bank of your choosing. The best part is, it is so quick and easy to do that it can be done in your spare time.
Once you have your savings set up, you can set some goals and plan your savings. In the future when you need the money for a house, car, wedding, or vacation, you’ll be glad you used your spare time to improve your future with a savings account.
It’s also good to have a savings account in case of an emergency. Financial emergencies can be devastating to a family. If you are prepared with at least 6 months of living saved up, it can help ease the financial burden.
2. Exercise and Stay Healthy
Utilize your spare time to give back to your body. If you are like me, you’re always on the go. Sometimes that means no exercise and junk food only.
With the spare time you have, squeeze in a quick workout. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just something to get the heart pumping and the blood flowing.
If you aren’t feeling up to a workout, try to meal prep instead. Meal prep is a great way to make sure you are eating healthy food that you can enjoy.
The good news is that exercising and meal prepping can be easily accomplished in your spare time.
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3. Clean Your Room
Yes, it is easy to let clothes pile up. No, it’s not fun to clean it up.
Usually, by the end of the week, my room needs some attention. With the fast-paced lifestyle of working full-time and dealing with everyday duties, my room tends to fall apart a little bit.
But, when the weekend rolls around and I have a bit of spare time, the first thing I like to do is clean my room.
Studies have shown that people work better when their area is clean. Lots of clutter can also clutter our thoughts, so it’s good to be as clean as possible
4. Take up a Hobby
One of my favorite ways to use my spare time is to invest my energy into a hobby. My favorite hobbies include writing and painting.
I think it’s safe to say that during my high school and college years, I didn’t really have a hobby. I knew I liked to paint and I enjoyed writing, but I never turned to those activities during my free time.
It wasn’t until after I graduated with my undergrad that I realized I needed a better way to utilize my free time. That’s when I turned to painting.
Now, I have an easel set up with a painting masterpiece waiting for me at all times. Since I’m usually too busy to work on it, I only paint once every two or three weeks. Still, it’s perfect because when I find that I have nothing to do for a little while, I know I can work on my painting for a few hours.
I encourage you to find a hobby that you love and look forward to. It can really make all the difference in how you use your time.
5. Learn a New Language
I squeeze in language lessons every day. My spare time is limited so I like to learn Spanish during those odd times of the day where I don’t have a lot of time but I’m not necessarily busy.
I absolutely love spending those few spare minutes learning Spanish and familiarizing myself in the language.
I use an app called Duolingo which is the best app I’ve found for learning a new language. The best part is that it’s free. Another option for studying a foreign language is through podcasts. There are great podcasts created for the purpose of helping people learn new languages. Learning a language can greatly improve your future and prepare you to speak to even more people.
My favorite podcast to learn Spanish is called Coffee Break Spanish.
This might require a bit more spare time, but if you know you have a few free days coming up, plan a getaway!
Traveling is a great way to improve your future. The knowledge you gain and the experience you have from traveling is priceless.
Traveling also helps refresh you from all the hard work you are faced with on a day to day basis. Sometimes the only way to truly get away from work is to leave the city entirely.
7. Start a Side Hustle
Here at The Life Hunt, I write a lot about side hustles.
I am a firm believer that side hustles are the key to a better and more ideal future. While most of us can’t quit our jobs to pursue our business ventures, we can start something on the side. Hence, the side hustle was born.
I recommend that everyone start some sort of side hustle asap. It could turn into something full time and be bigger than you ever expected. All you have to do is start it.
Also, a side hustle doesn’t necessarily have to be a business you start, it can be something like driving for Uber, Lyft, or doing Postmates, Door Dash, or some other sort of delivery services to make some extra money.
Here are my top 3 articles about side hustles:
1. How to Make Time for Your Side Hustle While Working Full-Time
2. Do You make Enough Time For Your Side Hustle? Here’s How to Dedicate Even More Time
3. The Ultimate Guide to Balancing Your Job While Pursuing a Side Hustle
Journaling is amazing and it only takes a few minutes to do.
The positive effects of journaling are endless. I personally recommend journaling because it’s a beautiful way to discover your deepest thoughts and truest emotions.
Daily journaling is also extremely powerful in tracking your progress through all phases of life.
If you have just a few spare minutes in the day, you can dedicate them to documenting your thoughts in a journal. It’s therapeutic and can really help you clear your mind and focus your thoughts.
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9. Learn About Something That Excites You
Spare time is the perfect time to sharpen your mind and skill set.
What topics are you interested in? What do you wish you could learn more about? What information fascinates you?
There are plenty of free and paid resources out there for you to access in order to invest in more knowledge. I personally love listening to podcasts, listening to audible, and watching documentaries I find on YouTube.
By surrounding myself with knowledge, I feel extremely productive and I feel like I’m doing my brain a favor by feeding it knowledge.
Investing in knowledge can also be done while you are engaged in basic things like commuting to work, cleaning the house, folding laundry, working out, or taking a shower.
10. Invest in You
If you are like me, it’s hard to slow down and accept any sort of spare time. Whenever I have a few minutes or hours to myself, I start to panic to figure out what else I can be working on.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself that it’s okay to just relax and recharge for a while.
My go-to relaxation method is to take a bath. Bath’s are amazing because they force me to sit still, they are soothing, and it draws out tons of stress toxins. I even like to listen to my podcasts or watch a documentary while I relax in the bath.
The point is to find what your ultimate relaxation is and indulge in that whenever you have some downtime.
How you use your spare time can really effect your future. If you choose to do nothing but scroll through social media, you will have done nothing to better yourself.
However, if you choose to put a little effort into your time, you can really make an impact.
Best of luck!