How to Make Good Use of Your Free Time

Do you have a lot of free time? Are you bored with just lazing around and doing nothing? Would you want to be productive in your spare time?

It doesn’t matter if you are in between jobs, taking a break, or simply have an inordinate amount of time to spend any which way you want. You can make the most out of it by being productive and avoid wasting those precious moments.

From striving to get a pizza chef certificate to donating your time to a good cause, there are ways that you can do to make every minute count.

The Perfect Time

When you have a lot of free time, then you can turn it into an opportunity to improve yourself. Whether you came by that spare time by chance or by design, what matters is what you make of it. If, for example, you suddenly find yourself in between jobs, then don’t give in to despair. There are ways to motivate yourself so you can have a bright future to look forward to.

While some would prefer to take it easy and just go with the everyday flow, some could not stand to be idle. There are some who simply feel the need to be productive with every day that is given to them. If you are one of these people, then all you need to do is scroll down and read some of our suggestions.

Whether you see months stretching on with nothing worthwhile to do or have a shortened workweek, there are activities that can occupy your spare time. It can be ways to develop your knowledge and skills or it can also be a chance to interact and rediscover the world. From enrolling in culinary classes or joining a sports club, you can make each moment a perfect time to improve yourself.

Here are a few suggestions that can help you make good use of your free time:

1. Enroll in a Culinary Course

Instead of just spending your free time eating and chilling, you can turn that into an opportunity to learn how to cook. Turn your free time into a golden opportunity to cook up delectable meals that you can enjoy. Who knows, getting certification from a culinary class or graduating from a culinary course can even pave the way for a thriving business or career?

Look for a reputable culinary arts school to enroll in. Well-renowned international culinary institutes can give you an edge should you wish to pursue a culinary career. It can even boost your chances of getting an excellent job in a related field such as being a food writer, nutritionist, or restaurant publicist.

There are amateur certificate programs, professional diploma programs, or artisanal classes. You can choose from a wide variety of classes such as bread or pizza-making, chocolate or gelato artisanal courses, or even join a barista or bartender course. You can also get certificates in culinary and baking techniques as well as a patisserie certification.

2. Get Physical

Having free time can also be a chance for you to get in touch with yourself and with others through joining athletic clubs or sports groups.

Get physically fit by enjoying sports such as biking, boxing, bowling, tennis, or even ice skating. You can also gather with your friends or meet new people by indulging in group sports such as basketball, football, beach volleyball, or paintball.

If you’re skilled in any sports or athletic activity, it can also be a source of income. You can teach classes in table tennis, for example. If you have a Yoga certification, you can also conduct yoga sessions or even venture into making instructional videos.

Engaging in these physical fitness activities will not only be beneficial to your physical health, but it will also help in keeping your emotional, mental, and social health in check.

3. Volunteer Your Time

Another worthwhile activity that you can do is to volunteer your time to a good cause.

You can help in your community center, a pet shelter, or any other charitable organization. If you have specific skills or expertise in a field, then you can also volunteer to teach or conduct workshops. For example, if you are a graphic designer, then you can volunteer to teach the kids in your community or maybe even conduct classes to teach senior citizens about online technology.

You can also join projects like beach cleanups, tree-planting activities, or donation drives. If you’re good at managing projects, you can also donate your time and effort in organizing an auction or maybe even a charity marathon.

You can make good use of the skills, and talents that you have through these volunteer activities. At the same time, your gifts may even get noticed by the right people and lead the way to lucrative job offers.

Time to Move

Having a lot of free time or a considerable amount of excess time can still be beneficial for you. Aside from giving you time to rest, you can also allocate some time to more productive pursuits such as studying or learning a new skill, rediscovering old hobbies or interests, or sharing your talents for a good cause.

Time is valuable and when you make good use of it, then you make it into something even more priceless.


Shanaaz Raja is the Course Director at International Centre for Culinary Arts – ICCA Dubai.