When you’re working on your side hustle or business, financial freedom to be able to work when and where you want is often one of the main goals. But whilst you’re working on it, it can be very difficult to not want to work every hour of the day just to be able to make it a success. After all, you can streamline, outsource and delegate afterwards.
Once you reach a point with your business where you are able to quit your “real job”, or hire others, or whatever you need to do to give yourself more time, it can actually be difficult to know what to do with all the extra free time. It’s a problem shared with older people as they approach retirement: work has consumed such a large part of their lives for such a long time that they can’t think of what to do instead. For many, the lack of structure in a world absent of work is difficult to adjust to. For those who dream of working just a few hours each day, the dream never gets fully realised and they just continue to occupy themselves with work.
To help prevent this from happening to you, you should have a plan in place ahead of time. Gradually reduce your workload, then spend the time you’ve freed-up doing something else that you find enjoyable. Here are some ideas of what you could fill your time with.
Follow a sport
Sport is a great way to improve health, find enjoyment and make friends. As you find yourself with more free time, playing and watching a sport can be a way for you to add structure to your life, as well as being entertaining. American Football is the most watched sport in the United States and the National Football League (NFL) is the premier competition of athletes and teams in the game. Following your favourite team across the country can be a great way to relax and travel whilst giving it some structure. You may also wish to make bets or to guess on the results of games, or the whole league, and websites like Oddschecker may help you to make your predictions.
Learn a language
If you’re in an English speaking country like the United Kingdom or the United States, the chances are you don’t speak any other language apart from Engish. Learning languages can be done in a very structured way, setting aside an hour or two each day to learn new vocab and revise your grammar. There are many benefits to learning a language, such as improved cognitive function and the ability to see the world in a different way. Learning a language may also help with the next idea.
The power and portability of modern laptops, cheap air travel and an abundance of WiFi hotspots around the world has led to the development of a group of people that refer to themselves as “digital nomads”. These are people that don’t have a home of their own; instead choosing to travel from city to city, country to country living in hostels, hotels and Airbnbs, traveling the world whilst working from their laptops. Popular destinations for digital nomads are Asian countries where the cost of living is very low, the temperatures are high and there’s plenty of beautiful scenery and beaches. You don’t have to dive right in though, you could just book a holiday for a week or two and combine working and resting, while also practicing your new language skills.
Take up a new hobby
There are infinite options for what you can do for a hobby, whether that’s repairing old cars, stamp collecting, cooking, knitting, or anything else. Hobbies can give you some of the structure that you lost when you stopped working full time. They can also help you make new friends and strengthen bonds with existing ones.
There are countless opportunities available to you when you decide to take the leap from working full time. Of course you most likely will not be able to give up working completely, but if it is something you enjoy, then there is also no reason to. The world is full of places to see and things to do, so why would you want to spend all your time working?