The work day isn’t even half done and you’re already looking something to do after you clock out.
You’ve barely been home long enough to change your clothes before you’re on the phone with a friend trying to figure out what you guys are going to do for the evening.
The two of you run through a couple of ideas but before you know it you both are on the couch with a committed plan to clear out the DVR, or at least make a good dent.
You guys spend the rest of the night watching recorded and live shows, half of which barely interest you. And that’s in between checking your feeds on social media and skimming your email.
You’ve spent half a work day watching pointless television and you’re not even slightly captivated by what you saw.
It was really just something to pass the time, something to do. I mean, isn’t it all?
What are you really doing?
Let’s face it, you don’t really care about these shows. Sure some of them are funny and entertaining.
But when you find yourself just watching another show simply because it came on after another you know you’re wasting time.
You and your friend had nothing better to do so you landed on the couch.
It was this or aimlessly shopping for nothing in particular. And since this was free and required less travel time it was the easy choice.
Ordinarily you wouldn’t even do this but you and your friend needed something to do.
This is better than sitting by yourself right?
That’s why you keep doing pointless things with your company. Doing nothing with a pal is better than doing nothing all by your lonesome.
But that’s where you’re wrong.
Spending time alone, especially when it turns out to be hours, seems boring and uneventful but it’s really not bad at all.
Being social is good for you but that doesn’t mean you constantly have to have others around you.
A filled social calendar doesn’t exactly equal a satisfying life. You can go to all the parties in the world and be smothered by others and still be lost in life.
There are a number of benefits and worthwhile reasons to make sure you get some alone time.
In a lot of cases it may even be necessary for your growth and mental stability.
Spending a good amount of time alone regularly will not turn you into a weird loner. You’ll actually learn more than anyone else could ever teach you.
Breaking the cycle of occupying your time with pointless tasks will open up a whole new opportunity to make incredible discoveries and changes.
For the first time you’ll have the chance to be more connected to everything you ever wanted, to reach your potential.
1. Understand yourself
When you’re alone you can ask yourself really tough and meaningful questions without having to worry about being judged.
You have the opportunity to thoroughly think about your life and what you want to do with it.
You can examine what you really want versus what’s presently going on.
2. You can do what you like
This is one of my faves.
Being alone means that you don’t have to compromise on how your time will be spent. You can do what you want to do without running it by anyone.
You’re in complete control.
It’s like having the world as your oyster.
3. Explore your interests
After you’ve dug deeper into who you are you may discover that you have budding interests that have previously gone unnoticed.
Take the time you have alone to explore your interests further and learn even more about yourself and what the world has to offer.
There’s no point in staying in a narrow field of view.
4. Enlighten yourself
Being alone gives you more time to read and learn more things in general. Can you imagine having more to talk about than what is on TV?
Broaden your horizons and culture yourself by doing more reading in your spare time.
You’ll become a more interesting and intellectually stimulating person.
Exercising seems like the perfect thing to do with a buddy. But to be honest with you I’m more consistent with my workouts when I do them alone.
You can design your own workout plan when you’re alone. No more negotiating what machine to go on next and how much time to spend.
You can do what you need to and for as long as you like. You can even try new things at your own pace.
6. Sharpen your skills
Isn’t it great to be really good at something? I mean so good that people always come to you for advice on it. It would be if you were. And here’s your chance.
Figure out what you’re good at and enjoy. Spend your alone time practicing and educating yourself on it so you can be the best around.
Your confidence will shoot through the roof.
7. Make your dreams come true
It’s hard to figure out what you want to do next when you always have company. Besides, you may want to keep some of your goals to yourself in the beginning.
When you’re spending time alone you can sort through your wants and determine your next goals.
This even gives you the opportunity to draft out a plan to achieve them. Just another thing that outside distractions would keep you from doing.
It’s Really Worth It
Being alone isn’t half as bad as it seems. It really gets a bad rap. Spending time alone has a number of benefits, many of which help you to grow as an individual.
When you continue to burn up your time with less meaningful activities you get stuck in a pattern that prevents you from reaching your potential.
It even keeps you from truly enjoying your life.
Spending time alone gives you the opportunity and power to do and live however you like.
Are you spending enough time alone?