The Folly of Free Time: Finding Bliss in the Abyss

The Folly of Free Time: Discovering Bliss within the Abyss


Creatives crave time to create. Time to do their artwork.

We stay for the weekend dreaming of these further hours.

However right here’s the factor—all of us have the identical period of time every day. 1,440 minutes or 10,080 in every week. Considering sleeping (7 hours an evening?), consuming, and self-care (2.5 hours a day), and, oh yeah… work (8 hours a day?), that leaves about 360 minutes a day for duties that might permit time to observe our bliss.

Wait! What? That’s greater than 6 hours of obtainable—or FREE time every day. Much more on the weekends once I don’t must ‘work.’

So what’s the issue?

For me, it’s a matter of how I handle that free time.

I am extra productive when my schedule is full. Or am I?

It is true… I am at all times making an attempt to cram extra duties into my planner than I even have time to finish. For instance, once I’m on the point of go to high school, and I’m 5 minutes forward of schedule, I feel, “Hmm, I may begin the laundry. Or toss stuff within the crock pot for dinner.” After which out of the blue, I’m late.

The previous saying, “If you would like one thing completed, give the duty to a busy particular person,” is sensible in some methods as a result of busy individuals look like higher at managing time.

Nevertheless it doesn’t at all times work. And generally, necessary issues (like being artistic) get shunted apart.

It’s the weekend. You’ll assume that these two days, once I theoretically have greater than 14 hours on Saturday AND Sunday to work towards my purpose, that I might have SO a lot completed.

So why are weekends so exhausting for me?

I simply don’t know learn how to chill out.

I don’t know learn how to ease off the gasoline pedal once I’m on trip. That’s in all probability why my husband and I desire to go to Disney for trip. He at all times says, “We didn’t come all this approach to not go to the theme park day by day.” And “The cross is for the entire day. Let’s get our cash’s price.” And I are likely to agree with him. (I’ve heard that you just’re speculated to chill out on trip. Nevertheless it not often feels enjoyable.)

I don’t know learn how to disengage on the weekend both. Generally I feel that I might get extra completed if I had a part-time job on the weekend, leaving solely two or three hours for myself. Then I’d be extra targeted. I’d must be.

Certainly one of my author associates admonished me a number of weeks in the past when reviewing my upcoming semester schedule. I don’t bear in mind the precise phrases as a result of whereas he was uttering them, my mind was refuting them, but it surely was one thing like: “You do an excessive amount of. You’re too busy. It’s okay to not be doing one thing on a regular basis.”

I’m wondering.

Is busy-ness disguising the true purpose why writers do not search publication? Or artists do not search for galleries? Or the musician would not attempt to discover an agent?

I’ve by no means been paid for my writing as a result of I’ve by no means actually tried. My rational mind argues, “You’re too busy. What’s the matter with you? You do so a lot. Possibly while you retire.”

Yeah! Proper!

I concern that if I get to the Pearly Gates and I’m not holding a broadcast guide below my arm, the gatekeeper will say, “Too dangerous. You have been fairly good. You simply didn’t fairly get there.” Then they’ll look previous me and say, “Subsequent?”

It’s not that I don’t have sufficient time. All of us have the identical period of time every week.

  • The folly of free time is a scarcity of construction and a way of urgency.

  • The folly of free time is sitting at my pc simply pondering and squandering.

  • Free time is just not free.
  • Free time is a present.
  • Free time—or ME time— is the one time to work in the direction of our inventive targets.

It’s folly to fidget and fret.

Do one factor. For one minute. For 5 minutes. For quarter-hour. An hour.

Even when nobody’s watching, you must do that. It’s essential to consider in your self and know that you are able to do it.

Fill that free time.


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