Making more time

Making more time

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Back in 2011, I went and spent a few months in Sydney. I know - it was awesome. After three months, I wrote a blog with a few reflections on having lived abroad. (This was the beautiful view from my flat in Sydney by the way!)

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Here's the conclusion I came to at the time:

I've tasted fine wine in the Hunter Valley, and cheap BBQ'd bangers by the beach.  I've been to gigs at the Olympic Stadium and the Sydney Opera House.  I've made lifelong friends in coffee shops.  I've swum in the sea most mornings (and learnt not to get caught in rip tides).  I've taken hour-long bus journeys (and the view has been so good I haven't checked my iPhone once).  I've visited my local pie shop at least four times a week - and still not got fat, hurrah.  I've woken up to the sound of waves and a view of the sea (see the photo from my bedroom window above).  I've spent lots of time with my best mate and his wife and watched their baby daughter grow day-by-day.  I've seen England win the Ashes.  I've been out-drunk by a 75-year old.  I've walked across hot coals.  I've spent way more than I've earnt.  Oh yeah, and I've written a book.

What the last three months has really given me though is something I never normally have enough of: Time. The time to work out in the gym every day.  The time to wait at the bus stop for half an hour and not care.  The time to walk along the beach, just because I can.  Even the time to ponder why Aussie pies are so very tasty.

Most of all, the time to think.

As the Roman philosopher Seneca said. “Time discovers truth.”

So how can we all create more time in our day? It's something I've got better at over the last year or two. I'm not going to lie though, it's a constant struggle - even if it's a few more minutes space.

This Guardian article - How to get more free time - is excellent and has some great ideas. Favourite tip is a regular theme of mine, a digital detox.

Turning off your phone at night, and not switching it back on before breakfast, is a good start, she says. As is going "off grid" for as little as 15 minutes a day – switching off your phone and email when doing something that matters to you.

Keeping your phone out of sight when you are having a conversation will also help you focus, while going digital-free during the weekends and holidays will truly claw back your leisure time.

I definitely recommend reading the whole article. Have a good week, and enjoy going off grid when you can. Oh, and next week, I've got an exciting announcement to make in this very blog. See you then.

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