Finding the time to do the things you love in life

Time is one of the most precious things we have, and as we get older we have to start managing it with work and other responsibilities (besides our usual day to day activities).  Some people struggle more with this change (in how we can use our time), while others have an easier time with it.  The reason for a greater struggle usually involves a certain level of unhappiness with the lack of time we have, to do the things that are more enjoyable to us.  However, there are various ways people can lessen this struggle and regain a sense of joy with time; instead of always feeling like there isn’t enough of it.

The first thing to consider are the choices you make for your future.  Whether we like it or not, becoming an adult and living in a society where we need money to live, means we have to work.  This is why it’s so important to do something you enjoy or at the very least, work in an environment that makes you happy.

People that pursue their passion as their job or follow their heart in choosing a job tend to be very happy to spend the day doing what they do.  At the same time, these individuals also don’t necessarily give their job a shape; they simply go with how they feel about it.  Expectations in general can bring disappointment.  This means that even if someone follows their passion, they could end up not being happy about their job if they’ve given their passion an exact shape and it doesn’t turn out how they envisioned.  It’s important to listen from within to be happy over time and with how you spend your days.

If there isn’t a choice of what job to do, then the second-best thing someone can do for themselves is ensure they work in an environment and with a team that they enjoy being around.  The people we surround ourselves with throughout the day will help make that time spent worthwhile.  If on the other hand, you work with people you don’t enjoy, then the time you spend at work will weigh you down.  This will make you look at the time you don’t have to be out with other people and doing other things.

Another way people avoid feeling like they never have enough time is appreciating what they have by being grateful for the fact that they have a job.  So, even if the job isn’t their favorite thing in the world and maybe their colleagues aren’t that enjoyable either, they make the best of it.  Perspective is always an option and what we choose to focus on can make a day better or worse.

Remembering that there are choices we can make (even if we only have 24 hours in a day) helps you to know that you do have control over your time; you just need to work at tweaking it until you’re happy.  This tweak includes appreciating the day and the things you get to do in life.

How do you make the best of the time you have and fill it with the things you love doing?

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Inner Growth Word of The Day 102 – Good

April 12

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Good

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1 a1. of a favorable character or tendency.

 

Good in a sentence: Anything that comes into your life can have an element of good, it all depends what you’re focusing on.

 

Good in action: When someone or something is favorable or positive in what it brings my way, it means it’s good.

 

Good and inner growth: A look at the good that’s in your life helps you to acknowledge the good that is in you and around you.  This leads to an awareness of the character traits that you can appreciate within you, expand on, and change too if you like.  Exploring the good in your life also brings you to appreciate the people and things that are a part of your life, which leads to contemplation and inner growth too.

 

Good and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my definition of good? How has good changed my life?  What have I learned from the good that’s come into my life?  What learning lessons have I acquired from the good that’s crossed my path?  How do I apply good to others and to myself?  Are there different levels of good for me?  If so, what are they?  When I think of the word good, what’s the first thought or person that comes to mind?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with good at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Next to each word write one good thing about you and one good thing about your life (a person or thing that is good).  Pick one to three of those word combinations and write out what makes them so special and why they’re the ones you chose out of your entire list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about the good in your life and allow that first feeling to flow as far and for as long as you’d like. No thinking, just feeling.  When you’re ready, move on to other feelings that arise and allow your thoughts to take place too.  Whatever event or person that comes to mind, let the feeling they spark spread from head to toe.  When you’re done, notice if any feeling in particular stood out more than the others and stop to contemplate why you think that is.

 

Your turn – Share your good sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂