Process automation allows you to save time and be more efficient by automating those tasks that don’t necessarily need to be executed by a human being, such as sending order update emails to your customers or receiving contact messages for your company.
Using a process management tool to automate your processes helps you – and your team – become a lot more efficient so we’ve realized that you may be looking for ideas of things to do with the time you’ll save automating your processes. That’s why we’ve compiled a list with 10 suggestions to help you find the best way to spend your free time.
Spend time with your friends and family
Most people have a crazy work routine and they end up spending so much time with work that they forget how important it is to spend time with their nearest and dearest.
That’s ok, it happens to the best of us and neglecting your friends and family every once in a while doesn’t make you a monster. However, when you find yourself with some time on your hands, do your best to spend it with those that care the most about you.
Not only will it show them that you care about them but it’s also very good for your mental health.
Learn something new
Do you wish you could play the guitar or speak russian? Well, now that you have the time, what about dedicating it to learning a new craft or language?
There are numerous options available online to help you with that, such as:
- Duolingo is a platform that brings learning a new language to a whole new level. Lots of gamification and short lessons make it easier (and fun) to learn;
- Do you like DIY? Go on Pinterest, search for ideas and get to work (just be careful to not end up at pinterest fails);
- Want to learn how to play the guitar or the drums? No problem, youtube is full of videos of people teaching other people all sorts of stuff (such as playing musical instruments).
Spend time outside
If you’re like most people in our modern society, you’re likely to spend way too much time indoors attached to your chair.
Use your free time to enjoy the great outdoors, go for a run in a park, walk your dog or even channel your inner pokemon trainer to catch’em all!
Ps. Exposing yourself to the sun on a regular basis – not talking about tanning here, just a few minutes under the sun – is important so your organism can absorb vitamin D.
Exercising is very, very important for your health – both physical and mental. On your crazy everyday routine you may forget how important it is but you can use your spare time to do it.
Go for a run or a bike ride, hit the gym, search youtube for exercising videos and move yourself!
Read a book/article/blog
If you’re anything like myself, you spend your entire week bookmarking articles you’ll end up never having time to read. Taking your time to catch up on your reading – even if it’s beauty/fashion/celebrity gossip blogs – is a great way to have fun and enjoy your time.
What about that book that’s left unfinished on your bedside table for the last couple of years? Take your time to read and enjoy it.
Listen to music/podcasts
Another great option of “things to do on your spare time” is listening to music or podcasts.
The greatest thing about it is that you can do this while simultaneously doing other things, such as exercising or sitting on a bench in a park.
Catch up on your favorite tv shows
Ever since netflix came into my life, I have to admit it became one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Yes, I know it’s not that healthy not specially social of me but I just can’t help it if I’d much rather stay in the comfort of my bed watching my beloved TV shows (which I won’t name because it’s a little embarassing).
That’s also an option you can do while doing other things. Netflix just recently released a feature that allows you to download episodes while on wifi to watch later so now you can watch your tv shows on your tablet while running on a threadmill without spending hundreds on your mobile data plan.
Bake a cake
Cooking is a great way to spend your free time – you enjoy yourself while doing it and, at the end, you’ll get something to win, totally win win situation.
The last recipe I tried was this devil’s food cake from Martha Stewart’s website and, let me tell you, it was the best way I could have spent my time, the result was awesome.
If you’re not that good with following recipes, no problem! Youtube is full of cooking channels teaching you how to do almost anything, from simple sandwiches and cookies to complex stuff, such as beef wellington or home made spaghetti.
Do something spontaneous
When was the last time you didn’t something outside your routine, like horseback riding or skydiving? We end up so caught up in our everyday lives we forget there’s a world of opportunities out there waiting for us.
Challenge yourself, try doing something different like going to a karaoke or volunteering at a pet shelter.
Recharge your batteries
If you’re about to say sleeping is not a productive way to spend your time, don’t do it. You’re probably well aware of the effects a well slept night on your humor and your health but, even though the national sleep foundation recommends adults sleep from 7 to 9 hours a night, 40% of Americans are sleep deprived.
You don’t need to be asleep to recharge your energy, though. If you can, try meditating – it may be hard for hyperactive people as myself but its benefits are well worth the challenge.