Do you ever find yourself saying "I really wish I had the time" to do something, but you just keep putting it off instead? Well, I have some good news for you: right now, most of us have all the time we need.
In our current stay-at-home era, we're no longer commuting, shopping, traveling, or carpooling our kids to practices and field trips the way we normally do. So while it may take some time to find the right balance for our "new normal" of working, teaching, and parenting from home—and while the healthcare, delivery, grocery, and numerous other essential workers in our lives definitely need all of the extra time and support they can get—the reality is that most of us now have much more free time than we've ever had before.
If you haven't realized it yet, all of this new time comes with new opportunities.
Do your kids keep hoping you'll do more activities with them, but you're usually stuck at the office? Well, now you're finally home, with more time to be creative.
Do you have a hobby you want to practice, like cooking or music or exercise, but you never feel like you have 20 minutes to yourself? Well, now you have much more than that.
Is there a topic you want to learn more about, an item you've been meaning to fix, or a person you haven't spoken to in awhile? Open that book. Grab that wrench. Start that conversation.
Make this "free" time count by spending it on what really matters. If we refocus our priorities now, while we suddenly have the extra time to invest, maybe our eventual "return to normal" will include finding ways to keep doing what we really love, rather than finding excuses not to.