20 Small Things to Make Time for Again

A list of 20 Things we should start making time for in our everyday lives. As I look around the world we live in, I find a lot of beauty in the simple things. There are certain things though that I think we should make more time for. Things like spending time with others and taking things slower can change your outlook on life. Here's a list of 20 small things to make time for again:

  1. Smiling at strangers. I've noticed how in most places, people walk by each other on sidewalks without ever acknowledging the other person. Let's change that! It's not hard and it might make someone's day. Give a smile and you just might get one back.
  2. Doing random act of kindness that are greater than holding the door open. Holding the door is a great act of service, but let's make the world a nicer place to live in by doing even more acts of kindness that bring smiles to people's faces.
  3. Spending more time outdoors. With longer days of daylight, nothing invigorates a day like the feeling of sunlight on your face.
  4. Taking the opportunity to be creative. Creativity isn't just for artists and those good at drawing. Everyone can be creative, and the world needs more of it. Start a journal or a scrapbook, or find a new creative routine.
  5. Stretching. Loosening your muscles can help you relax and destress.
  6. Watching the sunset or sunrise. Nothing is more inspirational than nature's canvas. Grab some blankets and pillows and take a drive to a nice lookout to watch the colors blend together.
  7. Writing letters by hand. I'm talking thank you cards, get better soon cards, letters to distant friends and family and even random notes to strangers. Digital communication in this technology driven world is easy and convenient but there’s a huge difference between texting someone you love them and writing a note and leaving it next to their bed.
  8. Genuinely asking people how they are and taking the time to talk to them. We've all fallen into the routine of walking by someone and having a conversation such as "Hey! How are you?" "I'm good, how are you?" "I'm good" "That's great" "See ya!" "Yep, see ya". Really take the time to interact and hold a conversation with someone. You might learn something new!
  9. Turning our phones off. We're so connected these days. While it's great to be able to keep up with distant friends, when you're hanging out with other people in real life, let's learn to not spend all our time documenting whatever we’re doing for social media. It often takes away from the experience itself and decreases personal interaction.
  10. Reading actual books. Nothing can beat the feeling of opening a physical book and getting lost in it's contents. Physical books hold memories and meaning. That coffee stain in the top corner, the scribbled note on the front of the back cover, the worn edges from many years of use. E-books just don't hold the same meaning or carry the same feel.
  11. Spending more time with kids. Children remind you to be joyful and live in simplicity. You can learn a lot of spending time and talking with them. Plus they're cute :)
  12. Getting more sleep. While waking up before your alarm and being able to go back to sleep feels great, going to bed earlier can leave you feeling even more refreshed in the morning. With long summer days, the sun rises before 6 at times. If you sleep in until 11am, you've slept through a lot of the day already. More time = more productivity.
  13. Getting really dressed up for no other reason than just wanting to.
  14. Living with less. Get rid of things you don't need! Physical clutter can clutter up the mind.
  15. Thinking before speaking. We’ve love getting things immediately. Whether it's a response, a text, a call, or a material item we've been wanting, we want it right that second. Let's take time to consider things in more depth and then offer a response.
  16. Exploring your world. Even if you can't make it out of the country, or state even, chances are that there are a bunch of hidden gems around the town you live in. On a sunny afternoon, pack some snacks, hop in your car, and just drive! Make stops along the way to create an adventure you won't forget.
  17. Savoring time to do nothing. Take time for yourself. Go on a walk, sit on the porch, buy yourself flowers. Taking time to simply enjoy life will help you appreciate it more.
  18. Making your health and well-being a priority. Stress is real. Life gets busy. I know. But that doesn't mean that you can put your health on the back burner. Make an effort to eat healthier foods and find little ways to increase the amount of exercise you get each day. You'll enjoy life a lot more when you're healthy enough to do everything you want.
  19. Calling home, just because. Those with a close relationship with their parents know how special it is to spend time talking to those you love. Even if you aren't that close to your parents/siblings/grandparents, take time to call and say hello.
  20. Not caring what others think of you. Be yourself. You don't have to follow the crowd. Life would be boring if we always did what everyone else does. Don't be afraid to be different.

What else do you think we should spend more time doing?