How you spend your free time can actually have a big impact on your success in the professional world. It’s no doubt that we (youths) have Saturdays and Sundays to ourselves (work-free). These idle days are increased by the ‘ghost town’ days of insecurity. But my question to you is, “what do you make of these days?”
- Spend every single hour on social media? I remember my younger cousin sent me a message at 10 pm asking for airtime because she wanted to rejoin some WhatsApp chat.
- Are these the days you go cuddling with your bae & boo, spending whole days talking sweet, funny and crazy kinds of stuff?
- Are these the days you flood your computer with movies and watch them 24/7?
- Are these the days you meet your bestie to gossip and rind, talking about others all day long?
Don’t get me wrong here. It’s good to engage socially, meet new friends, enjoy the love, comfort, and warmth of your loved ones. But then, if this becomes too regular (like a routine), what positive impact (skills, finance, network) does it bring to you?
As youths, we have all the time, energy and mental resources to dig deep into unexplored zones and bring up innovative solutions to daring societal problems.
Our normal weekdays (student/worker) are usually very busy at work/school. This gives us very limited time to focus on our professional and personal goals. We need to maximize the weekends, holidays and ‘ghost towns’ to our utmost benefit.
What then, should my free time look like?
That said, you’d definitely ask me, “what should I do with these days then?” Permit me to share with you some basic ideas on how to make the most of these idle days.
First, you need to decide whether you want to learn a new skill or startup that project, book, website, novel you’ve been yearning to kick-start.
Learning a new skill
If you need to learn a new skill, you MUST specifically write down What, Why and How that skill will be beneficial to you. This is very important as it will serve as a bolster and keep you steadfast during the learning process (learning sometimes can be discouraging without a focus).
Usually, I advise you have a specific project (no matter how small) you have plans of executing immediately you are done with your training program. I’ll take an example of learning how to make a necklace. Your project could be to make a necklace for a loved one. This gives you much self-motivation when the learning process gets tough and/or boring.
Kick-starting that project
If you want to start up a project, you should be able to determine;
- What’s the project supposed to do (what problem do you intend to solve)?
- What resources (not necessarily finances) do I need?
- Who are those I know can help me achieve this?
- Who can I get advice or mentorship from when I’m stuck?
When you answer all these questions, you will know whom to bring into that project to help make the best. At times, it might just need you to start solo. You will also be able to get your list of resources and why not, know where you will spend those days so that you are most productive.
Remember, with a good mind, correct understanding of the problem, appropriate environment and persons (resource persons), it’s easier to start.
These suggestions are not some theoretical stuff. But they are from practical experiences of hundreds of entrepreneurs and game changers.
While I’m not promising you’ll escape from failure if you follow these basic guidelines, it’ll greatly increase your chances of achieving your goals.
Remember, even with all these, you will still die someday but what will make the difference are those things you could take the courage to do. Let’s not waste our free days. Instead, let’s strive to achieve our dreams and leave our footprints in the sands of time.
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