Here are some (slightly scary) stats for you: the average Brit spends just over 2,000 hours at work every year. Over a lifetime, that equates to around 99,000 hours, which is a whole 11 and a half years of constant slog. Imagine that.
Plus, that’s before we even factor in things like overtime. Or all of those hours we spend behind the wheel in gridlock traffic on the commute into work; before having to do it all over again on the drive home. We spend most of our waking hours in the office, so it’s really important we make all those in-between hours count.
Free time is golden, sacred…call it what you will. It’s time spent exactly how we want to spend it, away from work and any other commitments. And, in our opinion, free time is best spent with others!
Yes, OK, so a little alone time every now and then is important. But, free time is precious, and if you’re spending every minute of it sat in front of the TV or surfing the web on your smartphone, you’re simply not making the most of it. The average person spends five years of their life browsing the Internet and a whole 11 years watching TV. That really doesn’t leave a lot of free time left, does it?
Compare the amount of time we spend watching TV and surfing the web to some other activities: we spend 115 days of our lives laughing and 658 hours being romantic with our partners. Well, in our opinion, that’s simply not enough!
We need to cut back on TV, step away from our screens and make those hours and minutes matter by spending them with the people we love.
In your next bit of free time, whether it’s this evening or this weekend, think of ways you can spend it together. If the weather is good, why not head out for a bike ride or an afternoon stroll? If you look out of the window and decide that it’s definitely an indoor day, then why not cook a meal together with your friends, or have a ‘crafternoon’ with your kids?
If you’re feeling a little tired and worn after a week at work, it’s very tempting to crawl into bed, pull the duvet over your head and switch off from the world. But, instead of doing that, round-up your friends for a relaxed night in and much overdue catch up. You’ll feel much better for it.
Quality time is free time spent with the ones we love.
Seeing as we spend most of our waking hours sat behind a desk, when we get some free time to spend with our friends and family, it’s important that we make every second count.
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