Doing what makes you happy

Occasionally, people will ask me how I find time to get out and kayak, hike or bike. I ask them, how could I not find time? Doing the things that I love to do makes me feel complete. I find that I feel balanced, my creativity improves as well as sleep and a calmness within my body.

I ask you, what are you not fitting into your lifestyle? Do you know what you would do if you could do anything? I ask you this: what makes you feel ahhh-Mazing?! What lights your fire? How does one make the time?

IT’S NOT ABOUT “HAVING” TIME, IT’S ABOUT MAKING TIME.

Here are some ways that will help you find the time to do what you love to do:

1. Stop doing things you don’t love to do or need to do.

I know, it sounds crazy right? Some things must be done but, are there others in your household that can help you out? Are there things in your life that you can simplify or eliminate? Do you watch hours of television or are you on Facebook or Pinterest for large amounts of time? Eliminate those things……

2. Find out how to be more efficient at the things you do need to do.

The things that we “need” to do, sometimes get in the way of things that we “want” to do.

Here is an example, I need to have a lunch each day, and it takes a chunk of my morning to make snacks and lunch to take with me. I will set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday and prepare lunches for the week or, make two large pots of soup and freeze the amount wanted into mason jars. Easy peasy, pull it out of the freezer and you are ready to go.

3. Decide what you want to do more of in your day.

You must choose your priorities. If someone asked me what is important in my daily schedule I would say:

  • My personal relationships
  • Exercise
  • Being outside
  • MeditatioN
  • Reading/Learning

Each of us will have a different list but you know what it is that you want in your day, create a list.

4. Schedule time in your day for it.

Look at your day, you have not simplified or eliminated things that are taking time, you hae found ways to be efficient and….you know what it is that you want to fit into your day. Pull that daily planner out and schedule your “happy time” into your day. Your schedule might change, you may find one activity more important than another but you now have the time to do something that makes you happy.