How to create structure in an unstructured day?
July 9, 2012 10:13 AM Subscribe
What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time?
posted by davisnot to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
Through life circumstances, I have found myself with a lot of time on my hands and very little structure or responsibilities. I am extremely grateful to have the gift of time. Even so, this is very new to me, as I have lived most of my life working two or three jobs, running around with hardly a moment's free time at all!
Nowadays I find it's very hard for me to make good use of the time that I have at my disposal. I have a few hobbies and interests, but there is no schedule for when I should pursue them, so I take a laissez fair attitude...why do it now when it can be done later? I find myself getting very unmotivated.
I'd like to get into a hobby or passion 110% but I just don't know what since I tend to dabble in a lot of different things and then my motivation issues pop up. I believe that part of the issue stems from guilt about not deserving to have fun. Also, a general shyness about doing things alone…but of course, no one is around during the day for me to make plans with every day. Even if I could make such a friend, I feel they would be a crutch, but the problem would still be there.
I can't be the only person who has trouble managing unstructured time. Would there be website resources to help people with this issue? I'm also thinking that grad students must go through this. Also, I wonder how service members structure their time when they are off duty, since they learn to live a disciplined life.
So Mefites, how can I develop some goals or a structure to fill my empty days and put it into action?