5 Habits To Change To Add More Free Time

5 Habits To Change To Add More Free Time
Written by Jenny

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck, spinning your wheels without getting any traction?  Do you wish you had more time for hobbies or just relaxing with your friends or family? (Do you even remember what your hobbies are?)  

If you feel this way, you aren’t alone!  We all have habits that eat up free time that we could be spending on having fun, pursuing hobbies, or creating relationships.  Some are good habits, some are bad.  By tweaking our habits we can add more free time to do those things that we wish we had more time to do!

Here are 5 habits to change to add more free time into your life:

1. Time spent surfing the web, checking social media and email, watching television, and playing games online.


This is one habit that the majority of us indulge in!  By simply setting limits (or a timer) to our plugged in time can add extra time into our day to pursue other activities and hobbies!  Turning off the internet, scheduling when you check your email and social media, DVRing your favorite television programs (so you can watch them during free time), and setting limits on how long you can play games are all easy ways to change your habits. 

2. Not getting enough sleep!

Sleep is so important to our well-being!  By getting the right amount of sleep, we avoid being overly tired.  Being overly tired leads to poor focus. 

3. Getting too much sleep!

Have you ever slept, and slept, and slept to wake up feeling even more groggy than you did before?  Getting the right amount of sleep for you (where you wake up feeling rested but excited to start your day) can lead to better productivity!

4. Planning and planning and planning…

I am a planner. For those of us that love to plan, sometimes it’s hard to get out of plan mode and start executing that plan!  I love planning out my day, my week, my goals, what I’m going to read next, the list goes on and on!  However, when I get into deep plan mode, I forget to get out and live the plan and pursue those hobbies and relationships that are important to me.  The simple solution is to make your plan and START!

5. Not planning ahead.

Do you hate planning and would much rather fly by the seat of your pants?  Over planning can be a time waster but not planning at all is also inefficient!  By creating a plan you have purposeful direction, know what needs done, and allows you to focus on the most important things.  Having a plan also helps with remembering things such as you need snacks on Monday for preschool.  Having a plan reminds you that you have pictures next week so it’d be good to get the kids’ hair cut!  Planning helps with keeping you from wandering around the house wondering what you should do next!

These are just 5 small habits that many of us do on a regular basis.  What habit can you change to add more free time to your days?

About the author


Hi! I’m Jenny! I grew up on a farm in between the 2 small towns of North Loup and Scotia, Nebraska. I spent my childhood chasing cattle, laying out irrigation pipe, bottle feeding bucket calves and racing turtles at Popcorn Days.

My husband, Jason and I live on a farm south of Kearney and I am blessed to be a stay at home mom to 5 energetic kids and wife to my favorite farmer! Our oldest daughter is 11, our boy/girl twins are 7, our son is 5 and youngest daughter is 3.

I created my blog, Women With Intention ( where you will find tools for living your purpose, managing your home, saving money, simplifying, growing your faith, loving your family and relationships, and embracing the season of life you are in. I believe that each woman can have it all, but not necessarily have it all at the same time!

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  • I love this! I swing from over planning to under planning. Neither gets me anywhere except spinning in continual circles.

  • I’m very much an over-planner, so I’ll take your suggestion to heart to maybe ease up a bit on that. 🙂 I’m typically greedy for more time, more time, so this post hits home with me.

  • Jenny, this is good information! I seem to always be able to find another task to add to my daily list, and too often don’t include free time. Yet, I know how valuable it is. Thanks for the reminder. You should post on Fresh Market Friday Link-up…your post fits perfectly, and you could be a Featured Fresh Find:)