Cultivating A Joyful Life | Spending Our Time Wisely

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Spending Our Time Wisely

My favorite time of day is the early evening. That’s when I get to spend time relaxing in my room after eating dinner with my family. Don’t get me wrong; I love eating dinner with everyone, but clean-up takes a while, since there are six people eating, haha! Anyway, once I’ve finished helping in the kitchen and I get to retreat to my room, I enjoy browsing my phone, reading a good book, or working on something on the laptop.

Sometimes, however, these evenings aren’t as productive or enjoyable as I’d like them to be.

It can be hard to relax when there are so many things I’d enjoy doing, to the point where I can’t decide on just one. Switching back and forth between these things works out sometimes, but more often than not, I get much less done than I would have liked, because I did a small amount … of everything.

Do you ever feel like you have too many things filling your free time?

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I have a post to share with you today that is very relevant to my life, haha! For this part of my Cultivating A Joyful Life series, I will be talking about, as the title suggests, spending our time wisely. We all have hobbies, interests, and activities we love doing, and when we attempt to do too many at once, it can be hard to accomplish what we set out to do.

I have found that dedicating large amounts of time to one thing at a time, instead of dividing an hour or so up among five activities, gets much more done and feels better than the variety. Sometimes, it depends on the day, or the activities themselves, but I’ve noticed how this occurs again and again in many situations for me. Basing what I focus on depending on my mood and inspiration usually helps me, unless I want to accomplish too many tasks at once.

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How do you regularly spend your free time? Do you feel satisfied with what you’ve done afterward? Or do you feel like me – uncertain if how you’re spending your time is really worth it? I have so many things I love pursuing when I’m able to that I struggle to decide which ones I should do, for how long, and when. Let’s figure out how we can spend our free time wisely in today’s post! Before we go on to the rest of this post, however, I’d like to share how this topic, just like the rest in this series, deeply relates to the garden of our hearts.

To properly care for a garden, whether that’s a real or metaphorical one, you must evenly divide your attention among all of the plants. Some need more care than others, but as a whole, they all require sunlight, good soil, water, and enough individual space to flourish. If, at some point, there are so many plants that the caretaker struggles to evenly care for all the plantlife, it’s quite possible that some will get more than they need, and others will be left behind. Balancing our priorities is a very important aspect of our lives.

Cultivating A Joyful Life |
Spending Our Time Wisely

The funny thing about my hobbies and interests is that at any given time, I am extremely occupied, or very bored. This is because I either have one or two hobbies, or so many that I’ve lost count. I’m quite finicky with hobbies this way, to the point that I have too much time on my hands, or not enough. For the majority of 2017, I have had many pursuits, from language-learning to blogging, to piano-playing to story-writing, and learning to balance these things has taught me a lot.

If you are interested in figuring out how to prioritize more wisely like I am, check out the list below!

1. Write down two lists: one for your hobbies/interests, and another for things required of you. You could include all of the main things, or break them down into sub-categories. For example, if “blogging” was on your interests list, you could also add what that activity consists of, like “writing posts,” “reading posts,” “browsing Reader,” etc.

2. Number the hobbies/interests list by how much those things mean to you right now. I really need to make a list like this, too. Whether you number them in order of your enjoyment of those activities, or by how important they are in the grand scheme of things (i.e. learning Spanish or playing the piano will last longer than a blog post I could work on, lol), it’s totally up to you. 🙂

3. Make sure that you’re completing the things on your important list before moving on to what’s on your interest list. I live by the saying “work before play,” except for in the case of simply needing a mental break. I feel much more relaxed and apt to participate in my favorite activities after I have completed all of the things required of me. At this time in my life, that’s usually schoolwork, helping around the house, and being with my family. While I wouldn’t say that the latter one is ‘required’ of me, it is definitely something essential in my life. 🙂

4. Consider dropping the hobbies that are last to be numbered. There may be a reason they’re not high on your list of favorite things to do. If this is the case, maybe you aren’t as interested in it as you thought you were, or you could simply need a break. Definitely take that into consideration!

5. Work your free time around these lists. I wouldn’t advise practicing this strictly, as that could put unneeded pressure on yourself to spend your time one certain way. However, I know that with writing and numbering my hobbies and interests, and by choosing which I’d prefer to do in what order any given day, it would give me much more peace of mind. It is very satisfying when you know you’re getting things that you love to do done!


Thank you so much for reading, guys! This post has really helped me. I’m working on balancing what hobbies I participate in and when at this time in my life, and this addition to Cultivating A Joyful Life is a reflection of that. I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU manage your time?

Late Fall Vibes | Thoughtful Friday

Late Fall Vibes | Thoughtful Friday

Hey guys ❤ I hope you’ve all had a beautiful day! Rarely do I post this late in the day, haha, but I’ve been thinking, and I knew it would be nice to have a place to share my thoughts.

How have you guys been on this fine Friday? Happy December 1st, by the way! I’m so happy it’s this time of year again. I love Christmas shopping, holiday music and cheer, and just the overall mood of the month. It’s going to be amazing!

Before I can fully move on to the month ahead, however, I have some things I’d like to share. Nothing bad or eventful has occurred; I’d just appreciate being able to write about what’s been on my heart.

I hope you like the pictures I’ve included! They were all taken over this past week. We’ve been spending more time outside recently not just because of the great weather, but also because Elizabeth has been old enough to begin exploring the outdoors. ❤

Thoughtful Friday |
My Current Thoughts

First, I’m learning to balance blogging with the rest of my life. For a long time, I have been incapable of giving the correct amount of time to blogging. I love writing posts, but I need to figure out the best times to do so. Deciding what to write and when to post them is something I’m still experimenting with. I enjoy blog reading, but it would make me much happier if I had certain times I did it. Reading a lot at once instead of a post here and there would help me divide my time between blogs.

(To the bloggers whose blogs I haven’t commented on in so long – I am truly sorry! I haven’t forgotten about you; I’ll be back in your notifications soon.)

Two, my family and I have been adjusting to my mom being on bed rest. Life is pretty normal again, but our mom is taking it easy as much as she can, so I’m helping out with more housework and some babysitting of Elizabeth. There have been emotional highs and lows for us recently (especially me), but we’re all slowly working together, and life is becoming happier again.

Third, I am so excited for the new year. Does anyone else have any amazing ideas in mind for 2018? I can’t wait to pursue my hobbies and interests more, hopefully get my first job, and meet my new baby sister! And there’s no telling where my blogging ventures will take me! ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you all have a beautiful month. ❤ Please let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU looking forward to in December?

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Unique Ways To Describe Me Tag

Hi everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Sunday. 🙂 ❤ Before I introduce you guys to today’s post, I am very happy to say that my mom came home from the hospital today! We went there early that afternoon to get her. 🙂 We are all so happy! Thank you for your prayers and support; I truly appreciated all of your comments. ❤ Alright, now let’s check out this post!

Today, I am sharing with you guys my answers to the Unique Ways To Describe Me tag! My lovely friend Gracie, who blogs over at Through The Eyes of Gracie, tagged me on her post a few days ago. You can read her response to this tag here! I thought this looked like a fun thing to participate in, and it has been quite a while since I shared any tags/awards. Let’s get right into this!

What two candies describe your personality? Why?

Nerds, because I am one (haha) and I’m also both sweet and sour, and White Chocolate Reese’s Cups; I may seem average at first, but I’m also unique (hence white chocolate instead of milk chocolate). lol

You can only answer in song lyrics.
What’s one thing you want others to know about you?

“I said goodbye to my chains, when I said ‘hello’ to Your perfect love … I said goodbye to my shame, when I looked upon the face of love … giving me a reason, giving life a meaning, giving out hope, that’s what You do … all I ever needed, all I ever wanted, all that I seek is found in You …” – the first few verses of ‘Best of Me’ by Jordan Feliz. My life song!

What movie is literally your life?

Goodness, I don’t know … all of the movies I’m thinking of are either adventure or romantic comedy, neither of which are relevant to my life. Oh, I’ve got it! La La Land. I have felt like my dreams are too big to pursue at times (the main characters feel like this), but in the end, with enough motivation, you will find (just like I have) that nothing is insurmountable if you dream big enough. ❤

What season describes your view of life?

Spring! It may have its trials (i.e. allergies), but as a whole, there is so much hope – all things are made new!

What scent holds memories for you?

Sunscreen! It reminds me of summers past, spent either at a swimming pool, or visiting an amusement park.


For this tag, I nominate all of you! If you think this looks interesting (I had fun answering these unique questions!), just copy and paste the questions into your own post, answer them, and tag some other bloggers to do it. 🙂

Happy blogging!

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