13 Things That Are Not Time Wasters

Yesterday I gave you a list of ways to tell if you are wasting your time.

Now that we know how not to spend our time, the next question becomes, ‘What should we do with our time?’

The answer to that question can vary depending on our family situations and our daily commitments, but following yesterday’s post I thought it was only fair to put together a list of how to best use our free time.

The following are 13 things that we all can do to make the most out of our time.

13 Things That Are Not Time Wasters

1. Volunteer

One of the most underrated and rewarding things we can do with our time is to give it to others. There are hundreds of terrific organizations out there that can always use a hand. If you don’t know where to look, there are many great sites like VolunteerMatch.org & CatholicVolunteerNetwork.org that can help point you in the right direction!

2. Read a new book

Step away from the TV and give your brain some good stimulation. Need a new book to read? I’d recommend a very fun new one about a Moose!

3. Write in a journal

In one of my first blog posts I wrote about the power of writing. Check out this blog post by Adam Grant that talks about how journaling can help you focus on your goals and achieve success.

4. Create a budget

Do you know where your money is going? You should! Creating a budget is a simple task that can make a huge impact on your financial well being. Here’s a link to a free budget resource from money managing master Dave Ramsey.

5. Go outside

Go for a jog, ride a bike ride, or just take a stroll around the block. You’ll be surprised what a bit of fresh air can do for you.

6. Try a new recipe 

Bust out one of those cookbooks that are sitting on your shelf collecting dust. Try your hand at a new home-cooked meal.

7. Write a thank you letter 

When was the last time you mailed someone a thank you letter? Not an email, an actual letter. I bet there is someone out there that you need to thank.

8. Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to for months

Texting is easier, but an actual phone call just to say hi is more meaningful.

9. Clean up your house

Why wait until spring. Give your home a good cleaning (like with a vacuum and dust rag) and you will be surprised how refreshed you feel.

10. Catch up on work

Working outside of the office is one of the last things we want to do. But spending a few minutes catching up on work can make us less stressed come Monday morning.

11. Exercise

By this time, our New Year’s Resolutions are nowhere to be found, same with our gym membership cards. Maybe it is time to take a trip to the treadmill. Don’t belong to a gym, here’s a link to some great exercises you can do from home.

12. Donate clothes you no longer use

Clean out your closet and give away all of the clothes you haven’t worn in years. I know there is someone out there that would be thrilled to have them.

13. Take a stroll down memory lane

Find those old photo albums and relive the good ol’ days. A blast from the past can be a fun way to help you remember how lucky you’ve been to be able to collect some awesome memories.

BONUS 14. Read Blog by Bake 

Just kidding, but not really!


I know this list could be 10 times as long. Let me know in the comments section below if there is anything I left out that you really enjoy doing.