It is extremely interesting the way that life happens. I started working full time in 2012 and have been constantly employed full time since then. At that time, I was only 18 AND a freshman in college. It was such a risky decision - working full time and going to school full time. I was met with a lot of "You can't do that!" and "When will you have time for X?" and all these questions did was fuel me to learn how to accomplish what I wanted - in a smaller amount of time.
What I have learned over the last six years on how to make the most of my time:
- Minimize time-sucking activities: There have been periods of weeks where I go without watching Netflix or scrolling through social media. You would be saddened if you knew how much time the average person spends on these tasks.
- Maximize down time: When you have time to yourself, do something that will have a massive impact on your mood or environment. Personal favorite: vacuuming or cleaning my bathroom. There is just something to be said about knowing that your space is clean and what that does to your mood.
- Keep lists of things you want to accomplish: My to-do list usually has about ten to fifteen items on it at any current time. I have multiple "versions" of it stashed in different places throughout my living space. That way I have visual reminders of what I am trying to accomplish.
Granted, what I did by working full time could be considered foolish - but I have loved every minute. I am extremely blessed, and I owe all to Jesus Christ. Life is a beautiful thing and unfortunately we often forget that. Try to remember that when you go about your day to day today - see what things you can identify that you are grateful for.