Using Your Time Wisely & My List of Things to Do


For the past week and a half, my immune system has all but checked out of anatomy, and has left me with a sniffling nose, uncontrollable sneezing, and now tonsillitis. Could life get any better?

One positive of being sick is I’ve had a lot of time to think about things.

Most people say time is money, and that can very true, but time is so much more than that too- is valuable by every definition of the word. Time gives us opportunity to learn and grow, it gives us opportunity to spend it with loved ones, it gives us a chance to develop a positive future for ourself.

But only if we use it wisely.

If you read my 5 Resolutions post then you read about my desire to use my time more wisely, and try out more things. In my lapse of health, all this free time has given me the opportunity to brainstorm some possible ways to use my time. I’ve compiled a list, from my own thoughts and desires and from different internet sources of people talking about what they like to do, of potential ways I could better spend my free time.

So here you have it folks, my list of things to do in my free time that will actually directly benefit me on the path to becoming who I want to be.

  • Read more books
  • Write more, be it blogging, creative writing, essays, etc. Just put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and get some words out there- the only way to get better is to practice.
  • Learn to cook, and really learn to cook- not just half-assed following of recipes. I mean like have a set collection of go-to recipes that I know off the top of my head, and be able to make something just by peaking in the pantry. Focus on healthy meals and snacks, too.
  • Start exercising. Just a given. Any kind of physical activity works.
  • Practice French. This will not only help my grades for the following semesters I have to take of French, learning languages is just good for your brain in general, and will also motivate me to visit France even more one day and hopefully be somewhat fluent!
  • Do something artistic. Draw, color, paint, make crafts, do DIY projects, come up with story ideas, just anything to get those creative juices flowing.
  • Learn coding. This is something I never thought I would be interested in, but considering the types of things I want to do in my future (having a blog, an online business, working with social media, etc) it will be an incredibly useful skill for me to know. Bonus: lots of free resources online for this.
  • Get better versed in astrology and work on my tarot card skills. These are both things I am interested in, but they also make for fun party tricks, in a way! Most people have a lot of fun doing tarot card readings, and I treat it more like a game than any sort of actual spiritual belief. Astrology is also something I love, and it’s fun to be able to spout off knowledge anytime people ask about their sign.
  • Meditate, it’s good for your body and soul.
  • Learn yoga. See reasoning above.
  • Work on waking up earlier.
  • Work on knitting, and get better at it. Finally finish that scarf you started over a year ago.
  • Learn to sew. This will be super useful in the future.
  • Work on creating a French wardrobe, aka a very solid wardrobe of essentials, where you only buy 5 new things each season. Find your own personal style, and get better at shopping in general.
  • Practice/learn more about photography. Photo editing too.
  • Learn basic graphic design; logo making, website building, making cards, etc.
  • Work on a future business plan.
  • Keep adding to this list, as there are infinite things to learn. Never give up or sell yourself short. You got this!!

What’s on your list of things to learn? Let me know in the comments!

13 thoughts on “Using Your Time Wisely & My List of Things to Do

  1. I really really like your list!
    Especially, read more books, learn French (although in my case it will be Italian), physical exercise, write more, and learn yoga… I want to incorporate all of these in my life!! 🙂

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    1. Do it! I have a bad habit of thinking of all the stuff I want to learn and then when im bored I magically forget it.. Haha. So I figured making a list I could refer to would help keep me from getting lazy. Also, for foreign language i found a really cool free site called memrise! Not sure if they have Italian but check it out!


      1. OMG I am the same way lol I tend to be bored, but there is no excuse since there is so much I want to do.
        Ok thanks!! I’m in Italian at school, but I can’t seem to retain the information as fast as they teach it.

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  2. Wow, I’m starting a project thing with the goal of using my time and a lot of things on your list are areas I’m focusing on in the project. Love that someone else is interested in this stuff too!

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      1. It’s inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. I’m tweaking it to more of a self-discovery, don’t waste time, use what I’ve got project.

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  3. I have similar things on my to-do list for after I graduate next month! I really want to improve my skills that I haven’t been able to work on thanks to school taking up most of my life (Photoshopping, blogging, working out, piano, etc.)


    1. Yeah, it’s very hard to balance school with working on other hobbies, especially while also having a job. My winter break is coming up though, so it’ll be a good time to start focusing on this stuff more for me. Congrats on graduating!! 🙂

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