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Planning ahead and filling our calendars with various social activities that are supposedly for fun, leisure, and pleasure can make them seem like a chore. Simple, relaxing activities turn into work if we plan and schedule them like an obligation, as it will take the same type of effort as making a report or attending a business meeting.
Being impromptu and spontaneous in one’s leisure activities is what makes them enjoyable.
Scheduling allocates specific time to various activities, and the strict adherence to the timing is what sucks from the activity all its leisure and relaxation, which is generally associated with ample time and freedom. Scheduling is also associated with work by default, so the leisure activities are tainted already if they are following a strict schedule.
Making weekend plans loose and flexible will make them fun in the real sense.
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it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:
Also, scheduling back-to-back items in your calendar doesn’t account for the unexpected. Emergencies will always pop up and if your calendar is packed too tightly, you won’t have the flexibility to handle a crisis without completely trashing your calendar for the foreseeable future.
Instead of accepting every invite or request for help, be more selective so that you’re not spreading yourself too thin.
The easiest way to do this is by only saying “yes” to the things that excite you or that serve a purpose.
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If you want to try something totally new, start small. To hold yourself accountable, enlist friends in the effort.
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