We never truly take advantage of what we have access to because we don’t value free stuff.
How many free pdfs have you downloaded?
How many free courses have you signed up for?
How many helpful free YouTube videos have you watched?
How much of that information have you implemented into your life or made use of?
There is an abundance of free stuff out there but the problem is, we don’t value it. Somewhere in our minds we feel like if it has no monetary price then it is not of value.
And we know that this is true because many of us pay for things that we can get for free.
On one hand you could stick with sharing your work on a blog because that is what you know, are good at and are familiar with. There is a big difference between being closed off to new things and knowing what works for you.
If you’ve been doing it for years, chances are you’ve grown attached. The problem with getting attached is that this can end up clouding your judgement. Instead of migrating or expanding to a new platform, you end up choosing to stick with what you know. You end up doing this even when you know the current way is not working and there are better options out there.
An example of this could be YouTube. If you’ve been doing YouTube for a while and it isn’t going particularly well it probably won’t hurt to give Tik Tok a go. You don’t need to alter your message because it’s on a different platform. Find a way to share the same message whether on Instagram, YouTube, a podcast, or on Tik Tok etc.
Right now it’s easier than ever to spend your days switching between YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix (or some other streaming service) and Instagram. These things are great for entertainment and to catch up on things you’re interested in.
But it’s also important to dedicate time in your day to be away from a screen. I think it’s important to have interests that don’t require your phone, laptop, or TV. Not because technology is bad but because there is a whole other world outside of the screen.
Particularly with social media and YouTube, you can end up spending so much time watching the lives of others that you’re not even living your own life.
So here are a few things to do away from a screen:
- Cook a meal
- Host a dinner party
- Go to a wine tasting
- Read a book
- Go for a walk
- Tidy your home
- Go out for dinner
- Do a puzzle
- Do hand embroidery
- Paint your nails
- Read a magazine
- Play a board game
- Plant flowers
- Organise your closet
- Take a nap
- Visit a museum
Of course some of these things aren’t possible right now but they will be soon.
It’s as simple as assessing how you spend your time and prioritising what matters.
YouTube, twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Amazon prime or maybe even tv are all leeches of time. There’s nothing wrong with them in moderation but how many times have you opened Instagram and found yourself scrolling 30 minutes later with no real recollection of where the times gone.
It sucked away your time and you weren’t even conscious of it happening!
The 2 ways I make more time are
– dedicate a set amount of time each day or week for your project/thing and prioritise it.
– set a limit on how much time you spend watching shows or scrolling media then use all the other time for your project or thing.
Tada, there you have it, more time!
I used to think that I was jealous of people online because they had more than I did. More money, more friends, more clothes, more holidays, longer hair etc. I used to think that I wanted what they had or that I wanted a life more like theirs.
But that isn’t the case, the truth is that there are tonne of people that I see online that have things that I don’t have. However I don’t truly want what they have.
I’ve learnt that the feeling of jealousy is actually just my own discontentment because I’m not focusing enough on myself. If I have plans and aspirations but I spend my evenings after work watching other people live their lives and perhaps even doing things I’ve wanted to do in my own life, of course I’m not going to feel good.
As much as I think it’s great to consume stuff online, in my personal experience getting too interested in other peoples lives can allow us to neglecting our own.
So maybe instead of watching youtube for an hour, work on something for yourself. Exercise, read, write, cook, start a new project or maybe finish one.