A side effect of getting rid of some distractions and focusing on what really brings me value has given me more free time. So that means I am left with more conscious choices of what to do with my free time which is good and challenging. It is good because I have been able to do a better job at building some of my habits. It is challenging because even with adding in extra habit building I still have more time at my discretion and solutions to that are difficult and what I am focusing on today.
This is one of the worst solutions. I have filled some of my newly found free time with other purely entertainment activities (gaming and YouTube). I have spent a lot of hours just vegging out on my computer or on my Xbox. (side note: the Xbox is not the problem or the tv, my choice of how much time I spend on them is). Even though these actions are fun, I want to spend more of time improving the world around me and less consuming.
Work, work, work, work, work... Another solution I have used is to chip away at work projects from home. This is mostly better because I am adding value to my life by contributing to an organization I believe in and improving my abilities. However this does have some negative side effects. When I come home from work and continue on the same projects, the next day I don't feel rested and often I am tired of working on a particular project. Which is negatively affects my output.
Leveling up my life. Stolen from Nerd Fitness. This is me directly attempting to improve myself physically, mentally, socially, or spiritually. I like this solution but doing this drains mental energy and at a point I lose enough mental energy where I am unable to complete anything meaningful. So I usually still have free time after this.
Netflix and chores. Another potential term for this solution is "Temptation Bundling". Simply put this is creating rules that incorporate solution 1 and 3 into the same activity. A quick example of this is laundry. ==Which is one of my least favourite house chores==. I am only allowed to watch something on Netflix if I am also dealing with my laundry. Does this mean I watch less Netflix because I need to have laundry to deal with... Yes. What this also means in that I don't put off that house chore as often as I used to, I even have a desire to do laundry so I can watch something on Netflix. The success of Netflix and chores have inspired me to figure out other things to bundle together.
On The Roster: The next thing I plan on temptation bundling together is reading & gaming...