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15 Reasons Why You Have No Time to Relax and Have Fun

15 Reasons Why You Have No Time to Relax and Have Fun

Do you think that you have no time to catch up on your favorite TV series, go out with your friends on the weekend, or just sit around relaxing around doing nothing? You might have a boatload of time at your disposal, but don’t even know it!

Here are 15 reasons as to why you might be crunched for some R&R:

1. Your workplace is full of distractions.

Chatty coworkers, silly desk toys and emails of cute cats can put a damper on your ability to get things done. Eliminate distractions in your workspace by using noise-cancelling headphones or purchasing a white noise machine, work in a different area of the office or ask for a workspace reassignment, or log off of email or the internet completely when working.

2. You say “Yes” to everything that comes your way.

You don’t have to always say yes to everything that comes your way, be it an invite to a party or function, a question or even a chance to do something completely out of the blue. Think twice before saying yes to something – you have the power to control your schedule and your time.

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3. You mistake work time for playtime.

You say you’re working, but you’re playing yet another level of Candy Crush Saga…which one is it? Work or play? Playing during work time adds more time to your day and messes up your schedule. If you just sat down and worked, you’d be done so much sooner than if you stopped to play.

4. You don’t commit to scheduling meetings and appointments.

Not committing to meetings or appointments creates more work, effort and wasted time. Stop being wishy-washy when you receive an invite: you’ll either attend or not.

5. You don’t book your vacation well enough in advance.

Your vacation days are racking up at work, you’re feeling drained and the year’s almost finished. Why didn’t you put in that vacation request months ago? Take action and be sure to book your vacations in advance, you’ll be happy you did in six months’ time!

6. You watch the clock too much.

Counting all the minutes and seconds in your day isn’t healthy time management. If you’re constantly looking at or managing your schedule, you’re using up all your time: work and play time included.

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7. You get caught up in other people’s business and drama.

“I heard Joey had this terrible truck accident last weekend, broke both arms, and has to settle things in court… plus his wife’s threatening to leave him and take the kids with her…” Blah, blah, blah. The gossip mills will always be turning with information that really isn’t useful to your life. Step away from the gossip and instead spend your time on yourself and creating a life you love. 

8. You make mountains out of molehills.

You just broke the heel on your favorite pair of shoes! Your day is ruined…or is it? There’s no reason to waste time getting caught up on little things that can be fixed. Get the item fixed and move on with your life.

9. You check your smart phone every three minutes.

Constantly checking email, text messages, social media all adds up over time, especially if you are trying to relax. Put down the phone—or better yet, shut it off completely to prevent yourself from checking in every few minutes.

10. You volunteer too much of your personal time.

Do you go out of your way to volunteer your time even when it isn’t asked for? Sure, helping people out is good, but being burned out and bitter is not. Strike a balance as to how much of your free time you’ll volunteer or donate to your favorite causes per month.

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11. You participate in too many hobbies, clubs or extracurricular activities.

You signed up for yoga, Spanish lessons, pastry making, juggling lessons and antique cabinetry classes… every week! Stretching yourself thin is never good, especially when you were trying to relax in the first place. Narrow down your activities to one or two to keep things in check.

12. You wake up late.

Trying to squeeze more time in your day after a late start? Unfortunately relaxation and fun time are the first two things to get cut when you have a late start. Give yourself time to relax by getting a good night’s rest and waking up at the time you’re supposed to wake up.

13. You don’t plan your day.

A day without plans can quickly turn into a day of doing things for other people, or doing things that aren’t really necessary, thereby wasting your time even more. Get started by jotting down at three tasks that must get done for tomorrow, as well as when you’ll stop working so you can rest and relax.

14. You feel everything you do has to be perfect or “just so.”

Perfectionism can kill time in an instant. This isn’t to say you should do sloppy or incomplete work, but pick and choose your battles where you can do things well, better, and best.

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15. You tell yourself you have no time to relax and have fun.

Ahh, the classic case of self-sabotage. If you constantly tell yourself you don’t have any time for relaxing or fun, pretty soon you’ll believe it one hundred percent. Be adamant about finding times to relax and have fun: delegate work, rework your schedule, or give up that nonessential volunteer position.

Which of the above reasons ring true to you and your perception of not having enough time? Leave a comment below.

 

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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