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Week 15.

Spare Time

A Donut by Kylie on 29 March

This week went by so fast! Quick and quiet, I didn’t have much time to think about what was going on in my head (If, in fact, there was anything going on in my head. I don’t remember). This weekend, however, I had a little bit of down time. I spent that time getting lost in some Twitter and Dribbble black holes. You know, click one thing and then end up, 50 clicks later, in some undiscovered corner of the internet? Hmm.

When I get lost in these black holes I always come across a another new designer who is spending their time working on a cool, personal side project and is super consistent in the effort they’re putting into it. They’re passionate and they’re motivated and they get a lot of shit done.

At this very moment I want to tell you how much I admire their dedication and then follow with, “I don’t know how they do it, I hardly have time to even open my MacBook”, but I can’t. I can’t because in the deepest parts of my sub-conscious, past the point of denial and past the web of brain function that aides in my ability to make excuses, I know that’s not true.

In actual fact, I have a lot of spare time. I just, simply, waste a lot of it. Social media, unnecessary Google searches and small talk with friends over iMessage are my favourite ways to waste time. Sometimes I’ll change it up when I’m really looking to burn some hours and look up horoscopes and then any opposing comments from astrology skeptics. Heh, I didn’t say it was pretty.

I have to be fair, though, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes I use my spare time well. I work on short personal projects, I spend a bit of time doing code tutorials, I take on the odd freelance job and surprisingly, I stay fairly consistent with this blog.

So what’s the problem? I’m obviously getting some extra stuff done. Well, the problem is that the amount time I use well pales in comparison to the time I waste and the thing is, I want to do more. I want to finish my personal website, I want to work on one of the 4529 big ideas I have in my head, I want to read more and I want to collaborate with people on fun projects. The only way I’m going to achieve this? I need to use my time better. I know that I can’t be working on something 24/7 and occasionally my brain and energy will need to rest, but I do see an opportunity to refine how I use my time and  re-evaluate how much value I am placing on what I know should be my priorities. I guess it’s all just a balancing act.

I’ll keep you up to date on how I progress! I’m sure the horoscopes and the skeptics can wait.

This week's donut?

Balance your time well. It's important to have down time, but it's also important to make sure you're spending time doing the things that you know will fulfil you. I guess my question for myself at the end of all of this is "If these things [personal projects] are so important to you, then why aren't you working on them instead of wasting your time?".

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