No matter how busy our schedules, you’d be surprised how much of time you can find in little hidden pockets if you really pay attention. A half hour here, and hour there, and you’ll find a few hours that were playing hide-n-seek with you every single day. How do you find them? Pretty simple! Just write down what you do all day in a breakdown of hours (or better yet, half hours). Let’s say you get up at 7 am every morning, and sleep around 11 pm each night, write down your office timings, your travel times, your getting ready in the morning and meal times, and figure out just how much spare time you have left in the rest of the day. You’ll probably average about 2-3 hours every day at the very least. If you’re lucky, it might even go up to 4 or 5 hours (though that’ll probably be rare). Our point being, if you take those hours, and focus even one of those hours every day, you could do so much with it. Like what, you may be wondering. Well, that’s where we come in.
Here are some great ideas as to what you can do with one hour every single day and an internet connection (and maybe some tools, depending on what you plan on doing).
1. Learn a language
The world is way bigger than you can imagine it to be, and each country, and sometimes each state, comes with either its own language, or even its own dialect. With options from apps to online websites, to even books and audio recordings, the methodology options are as varied as the options as to which language you can start with first.
2. Take a course
You’ll be surprised to learn how many global universities offer online courses, and the pure plethora of course options that exist. Whether you want to learn management, gardening, or music theory, it doesn’t matter where your interest lies, you will definitely find courses that suit what you’re looking for. While some websites offer courses that you have to pay, there are endless options for free courses, many from some of the top universities (even Harvard has an online university option with free courses that you can register for). Time to go on the hunt, no?
3. Learn an instrument
Ok, we agree, this will require that you either buy, rent, or borrow the instrument in question, but still, if this is what you’ve always wanted to do, why not? Who said time is the only thing you can invest in your interests. You’ll find numerous options to learn whichever instrument you want (even singing), and all you have to do is put in the time and practice, practice, practice. Piano, guitar, violin, cello, ukulele, harp, water glasses, djembe, the options are absolutely endless!
4. Pick up crafting
It might be considered only a “hobby”, but if it brings you happiness and peace of mind, it’s totally a worthwhile way to spend your time. And there are so many options within crafting too. And if you do it often enough, it can even turn into a nice little side business (in some cases, people have gone on to leave their jobs to pursue their so-called “hobbies” full time, as they had turned into such a revenue generator). You never know. So whether you’re into painting, quilling, miniature creation, jewelry making, or even origami, go for it!
5. Take up a freelance job
Ok, so we admit, this is probably suited to those who have 4 or more hours free each day, otherwise you probably just want to Netflix and chill after a certain point. But seriously, there are so many part-time job options available online that don’t even require much time, and the extra pay ain’t all bad either. Whether you’re translating documents, proofreading student assignments, creating graphic designs, or tutoring online, the options are pretty endless.
All the best to learning something new!