The difference between yourself now and the person you are dreaming of becoming is your free time. Free time is an incredible tool for improving yourself and becoming the best version of you. It is the time in the day that you can commit to working on improving yourself. Which is why I am so thrilled to share these free time activities to help you improve yourself!
Want more ideas and advice for how to improve yourself and live your best life? Then check out my self improvement playlist on YouTube for lots of my best videos on improving your life!
If you are wondering why it’s important to do free time activities that better you then it’s important to remember that self improvement is essential. Let’s quickly chat about why self improvement is important and then we will jump into the list of what to do in your free time to better yourself.
Why is self improvement so important?
Because working on yourself is the only way that you can achieve new goals. You won’t achieve your goals that you haven’t previously achieved by staying the same.
And making a conscious effort to improve yourself in ANY way will have positive effects on every aspect of your life. Self improvement efforts will immediately help you start growing as a person so you can experience self growth. Because any time you work on bettering yourself you will experience self growth.
Now let’s get into this list so you can get some ideas for what to do in your free time.
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Free Time Activities To Help You Improve Yourself
What to do in your free time to better your life:
Read a new book
This is probably not a surprise that it is on the list of free time activities that can better you but it’s here for good reasons!
Reading is one of the best things to do in your free that can expand your knowledge. And is just generally good for you to do regularly. I do recommend considering getting a Kindle if you like as a self improvement activity because it is a great way to be able to quickly get a new book when you finish yours. And takes up so much less space!
Put together a productive before bed routine
Having a productive before bed routine is a wonderful way to better your nights. And in general set you up for more productive days in general. Looking for ideas and inspiration for your productive before bed routine? Then check out what my before bed routine is.
Watch a Ted Talk
Find some that focus on areas you want to improve and better about yourself. Spending your free time by learning about your interests or your career aspirations is a wonderful way to spend your extra time.
There is seriously a Ted Talk (or other similar speech based informative videos) out there for any interests you have.
Take an online course
There is an online course for seriously anything that you want to learn about which is insane. And even better, there are usually free ones you can find as well!
This is a great thing to do in your free time that can really help you better yourself.
Put together a Sunday routine plan
Sunday routines are so helpful for having better weeks! And your free time is a great opportunity to actually put together your Sunday routine.
Here is a list of ideas you can add to your Sunday routine if you are looking for inspiration.
Listen to a personal growth or self improvement podcast.
This is definitely one of my favorite free time actives! Podcasts are a fantastic tool for improving yourself and expanding your knowledge. There are podcasts out there for just about anything that you want to learn about or improve about yourself.
Work on breaking a bad habit
Bad habits take a lot of time and effort to break. Which means that your free time is probably going to be needed in order to help you break a bad habit. Breaking a bad habit is one of the best things you can truly do for improving and bettering yourself. And it feels so rewarding when you successfully break a bad habit.
Need more tips and advice for breaking bad habits? Then here is the steps you need to start this!
Do energy boosting items
Improving your energy is something in the long run you will be so happy you did. Definitely one of the free time activities that will help you have a better life where you can get more done. Here is 10 additional tips for improving your energy levels.
Start a habit tracker to build positive habits.
Creating and sticking to a habit tracker is one of the things to do in free time to really improve yourself.
If you don’t feel like doing a full DIY habit tracker you can get one like this on Amazon!
Either way though this is a great thing to do in your free to to help you develop new and better habits.
Disconnect from the internet for an hour and turn off phone notifications.
This is a wonderful way to live more in the moment especially during your free time.
Grab your phone and turn it off and for an hour don’t have any screen time. There are lots of other ideas on this list for what you can do when your phone is off but I do want to remind you of the importance of disconnecting for at least a bit every day during your extra time.
Take a personality test.
Personality tests are not only fun ways to get to know yourself better but they can also be incredible self improvement tools.
They can really show you where the opportunities for improvement and growth are for you. Just head to google and search personality test + an area of your life you are interested in improving. There is something out there for any part of your life you are trying to improve on.
Create a total life binder!
I recommend heading over to Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration for this free time activity.
Grab an affordable thick binder (here is one) and start adding the pages to your life binder that are relevant to your life and bettering your life. This is also a wonderful way to start really getting your life organized.
Grab a notebook and journal
Journaling is a great free time activity that can really help you get to know yourself better.
Here is a few different posts I have on journal prompts for different scenarios/stages in your life:
- 53 Journal Prompts For Improved Productivity
- 31 Inspiring Journal Prompts To Better Yourself
- 40 Journal Prompts For When You Are Stressed
- 28 Relationship Journal Prompts For February
- 52 Journal Prompts For College Students
Meditate for 30 minutes
Meditation is one of the free time activities that is so relaxing and that I truly recommend you doing regularly.
There are lots of free guided meditations that you can find on YouTube!
Start a fitness challenge- like the 5 week to 5k challenge.
This is pretty self explanatory but I do recommend heading over to Pinterest to get some ideas and inspiration for your fitness challenge.
Be a tourist in your city
This is a great thing to do in free time to explore your city, get out of your home, and support your local community.
Take a local tour, visit a local museum, or do anything unique to your city.
Start a blog
Okay I may be a bit bias here but this is a great free time activity to start doing!
You can share your knowledge and passions with the world and it is a fantastic creative outlet.
Create a vision board
Vision boards are a great free time activity that not only helps align you with your goals and dream but it is also a great creative activity.
I shared how I made my digital vision board in this video here if you need some inspiration.
Do a brain game
You can do a physical brain game or (this is what I prefer) get an app. There are so many apps with games that can help keep your brain engaged!
I hope that this list of free time activities helps you start to find things to do to better yourself. Remember that your free time is a great opportunity to improve yourself and become the best version of you.
But I also want to quickly remind you that it is not always necessary to be improving yourself and that relaxing and self care is also just as important. If you feel tired and in need of relaxing then do that! Don’t burn yourself out- overall you will be worse off if you let yourself get burnt out. So please keep that in mind!
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