Alone time is not a bad thing. We can love our friends and family so much that we may feel that our free time belongs to them. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had some “me time”, take this week to recuperate. You are your greatest asset after all -- take care of you!
Out of office
Yes, you are allowed to take time off! Your version of preparing for the week could very well be taking Saturday or Sunday off and having that be your “do nothing day”. It’s imperative that although you may not be able to dedicate an entire 24 hours to nothingness, have some moments when it’s just you and something you enjoy.
Work your side hustle
Is there something you’ve been meaning to do that you just never get around to? Or maybe there is that one thing you think is a good idea but aren’t sure about how to go about it. And let’s not forget about how sometimes we have to pick up a small job here and there for some extra cash, hoping it will turn into more than just a passion-project. All of the above? Been there! Still there.
Side-hustles are often discussed, but so many of us don’t make the time to work on them, often times because we’re afraid to go it alone. Start to consider how long it would take you to fully achieve success in the area you want to pursue. Here are ideas on how to get started:
For the volunteer
Schedule time so that once a month you can venture out to volunteer at a charitable organization. If you’ve alway thought about starting your own charity or initiative, be creative with what you research. Starting a nonprofit doesn’t happen overnight. Take some time to get into a volunteer groove and see where your strengths lie. Not all volunteer opportunities require hard labor and some may even be incredibly beneficial to your resume and personal development. Volunteering does require a great amount of integrity, but what better way learn when your presence alone can make a huge impact.
For the entrepreneur
Here’s the thing: you are smart and capable of building your brand and business. What you lack in tools, make up for in diligence. Dreaming about having your own business of any kind -- no matter how small -- takes planning. But don’t get too caught up in the how. Before anything, take time to figure out your why to match your what. Your side-hustle day could be devoted to honing the skills to get going. Free learning resources exist and you should take advantage of them! You can do that right from the comfort of your own room or favorite coffee shop, like a YouTube series or self-help workbook. Write everything down to visualize your progress.
Don't compromise yourself
There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. You can be alone and still be at your best. Never feel like your worth depends on any one else. You’re allowed to say no if you feel like you need to invest in yourself. All the work you put into self-improvement will only make those around you thrive more. Do you and do it well!
Words: Grace Williams