How I’m Learning Time Spent Enjoyed Is Not Time Wasted


One of the things in life that has always been the hardest for me to accept is that it’s okay to not always be working or doing something that is considered “productive”. That there is nothing wrong with spending an hour reading, an evening watching a movie, or just sitting around chatting with friends. I’ve seen other people talk about having this issue too. Where you almost feel guilty and beat yourself up for not working, or taking some time off.

Now being productive is always great, but you can’t be doing it all the time. You need time to do the other things in life that you enjoy, solely for the purpose of making yourself happy, and de-stress. So if you’re like me and you often beat yourself up about this, here are some of the ways I’m learning that time spent enjoyed is not time wasted.

If It Brings You Happiness or Helps You Relax, It’s Worth It

Even if you enjoy the work you do, it’s still important to do other things you enjoy just for the sake of doing them, with no relation to work. If something brings you happiness, helps you relax, or de-stresses you, then you should never feel guilty for taking time out of your day to do it. Every day should be as enjoyable as possible, so if taking an hour or two to do something makes that possible, do it.

It May Help You Grow As A Person

The things you enjoy doing in your spare time most likely will help you grow in some sort of way. If you’re like me and love to read, it helps your creativity and imagination, and it also helps you expand your vocabulary and discover new things. You also might even end up turning what you spend your time doing into a future career too. Make a list of all the ways the things you love doing can help you grow, and remind yourself of them every so often.

Your Mental Health Is One Of The Most Important Things

At the end of the day, your mental health is one of the most important things. And if you overwork yourself and never do anything else you enjoy, you’ll burn out. It’s actually more beneficial if you do take time off than to always be working. You’ll be more refreshed, happier, and more productive in your daily life.

And that is how I’m learning that time spent enjoyed is not wasted time! It’s all about balance. Finding the right balance for you of work and “play”. Try not to be hard on yourself. Become your own cheerleader over time and encourage yourself to spend evenings or free time doing what brings you happiness.

I’d love to know: do you struggle with this?

50 responses to “How I’m Learning Time Spent Enjoyed Is Not Time Wasted”

  1. I also really like read and every day read minimum one hour! It is so relaxing and really help me to recharging my batteries.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I read every day and find it does the same for me too! That’s great that you’ve found something that helps relax and recharge you x

  2. Mica says:

    This is so true – it can be hard to take some time to switch off and just do something relaxing sometimes, but your mental health is so important and everyone needs to recharge a little 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! It was another quiet one here, but I did manage to upload my vlog from the blogger event I went to which I’m really happy with 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Everyone definitely needs to recharge a little! Thank you Mica! I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and that’s great that you are happy with your vlog. There’s not better feeling than something turning out the way you wanted it to 🙂

  3. Great post, I think the same, always need time for ourselves

  4. Dominique says:

    Loving these tips, I really need to get back into reading xx

  5. Hannah says:

    I need to start remembering this more often. I’ve barely watched any films, as I always think about what I can be getting done in that time instead of taking the time out to relax. Such a great post xx

  6. mercy says:

    I actually think I waste my time if I just sit in front of my PC at home for an hour or two on the weekend when I have lots of cleaning to do. But I think that couple of hours is actually de-stressing me, thanks for the inspiration.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Anything that helps you de-stress is good. I’m glad the post could give you some inspiration!

  7. I agree with all these points! Thanks for the reminder to rest.

  8. Nina says:

    I agree, doing something that we enjoy, will definitely help us grow in some way. Great points here. Happy Monday, dear. xx

    Nina’s Style Blog

  9. Janet says:

    Great post Kara! I actually needed to hear this! I have books sitting there waiting to be read but think it’s not being productive, but you are so right! I am definitely going to make an effort to read them now! Thank you lovely!

    Janet xx

  10. Reading is a must for me. It helps me relax and have some me time. Great post dear!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  11. Corina says:

    These days we are all exposed to so much social pressure that we feel guilty all the time we are not working, and even when we are, we feel guilty of not being productive enough.
    Learning to just enjoy life is sooo important both for our physical and mental health.

    xo Corina

  12. Kinga K says:

    Very cool tips,I agree with you !

  13. Katie says:

    So true! I have to remind myself how important it is to relax!


  14. That’s so true, its so important to take time to yourself

  15. Jessica says:

    This is so on-point dear, and I couldn’t agree more. Many of us feel guilty when we don’t accomplish any significant tasks in our day. The truth of the matter is, enjoying yourself should be part of your daily routine.

    Jessica |

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Jessica! I’m so glad you agree, and I love the idea of enjoying yourself being a part of your daily routine x

  16. Ashley says:

    This is SO me- I feel lazy or out of sorts if I’m not DOING something productive, actively working on a project, or powering through my to-do list! I find it really hard to just RELAX if that list isn’t done!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I completely understand that, and I still have days where if my to-do list isn’t done I have a mini freak out. But just remember to look after yourself first!

  17. Gabrielle says:

    My favourite point would have to be how if something helps us to relax or feel comfortable, then it’s definitely worth doing – sometimes it truly is those little things we so often overlook! Love the imagery in this post by the way, very fitting and calming 🙂 x

  18. I really think when you take time for yourself and relax. It makes the world of a difference and can be helpful with stress. I love this post so much 🙂

  19. Kathrin says:

    Beating myself up when I’m not doing something I consider useful is something I’ve always struggled with.

    Thanks for sharing your great tips. I love the idea of making a list of how things one loves help to grow. I’m definitely going to try it out.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  20. E. says:

    This kind of posts are so important! We are a bit obssessed with time and in this society where we need 48 hours on a day it is very important to take time for yourselft. I should learn more about it and not to feel guilty hehe

    • Kara Callahan says:

      We are definitely a bit obsessed with time, and taking time of ourselves is always a good idea. I hope you have a great week E! x

  21. So true babe! We need to relax the mind once in a while because we don’t realize it but our bodies in a constant state of stress all the time. If we don’t chill and meditate, we cannot quiet the mind and our mental health is a very important part of our well being 🙂


    • Kara Callahan says:

      Yes! Quieting the mind is so important for our mental health, and since it’s almost always on and thinking that makes relaxing so important.

  22. Rach says:

    I agree with all that you said! Reading is so relaxing and I thoroughly enjoy it!

  23. Im trying to read everyday, although at the moment as the boys are around it is rather busy, so one they are back at school I shall return to my book! Totally agree with what you said.


  24. Katya says:

    I appreciate your gesture of lessens the idea of putting pressure into things. It can be something bad and even good sometimes. This post helps a lot.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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