Thank you to Wente Vineyards for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
This year, I spent the July 4th holiday with my boyfriend exploring Whidbey Island in my home state of Washington. We visited an off-leash dog beach where I planted myself down on a towel and read my book while the pup ran around. As I lay there under the overcast skies, I thought to myself, ‘It feels really good to be away from my laptop in the middle of the week.’
This made me think about how much time I really spend with a screen in front of my face. We all do it. It’s the nature of our society now, and screens are just built into our daily lives. For example, did you know that most people spend nearly 2 hours on social media every day? That adds up to 5 years and 5 months over a lifetime. We also check email about 36 times an hour.
Because I’m always trying to make my life as intentional as possible, I think it’s important to pay attention to how we spend our time and where we put our energy. Today, I’ve partnered with Wente Vineyards to share five ways you can make more time for the people and things you love by being a little more present in your life!
We know people are happiest when they make meaningful connections with one another, but there are so many distractions competing for our attention. That’s why Wente Vineyards, which recently launched its MakeTime™ initiative, is encouraging people to #MakeTime for each other to create some of the greatest moments that life can offer.
To show how much time we spend staring at screens, Wente Vineyards put together an eye-opening video.
This is an initiative that I’m 100% behind because making time for the people and things you love most is something I’ve always encouraged others to do. When you see those numbers, it really puts into perspective how much of our lives we commit to the screens in front of us. They often distract us from what really matters in our lives, make us forget to be present, lose track of time and make us forget about what it means to really connect with others.
How to Make Time for What You Love
Now that you see why it’s so important to Make Time for what matters, let’s talk about how you can make it happen:
Put away your phone.
How many of us can truly say that our phones help us do what we love? Even if you feel inspired after scrolling through the Instagram feed, it doesn’t compare to the inspiration you might find from going outside or getting lost within a book. We all spend so much time on our phones that we forget how much time we can gain if we simply put them away for an hour or two each day.
Commit to being present.
Being present is especially important when you are spending time with your loved ones. If you’re in someone’s company and constantly checking your phone, it can make those people feel as though they’re not worth your attention. The same goes for your hobbies, going to events, and spending time outdoors. If you spend less time on your phone, you’ll realize how much time you actually have for these things while you’re experiencing them.
How many of us have used the excuse of ‘being too busy’ to do something simply because we left everything else until the last minute? I’m guilty of this sometimes, and it ultimately comes down to needing to prioritize better and remembering why you need to get things done in the first place (to do the things you love, right?). Try to plan ahead and break the habit of leaving things until the last minute.
I think people forget that complaining about not having time will never give you more time. Nothing will change unless you make the effort. If you feel guilty for not spending time with friends, maybe it’s because you aren’t taking the initiative to reach out and plan something. The same goes for those hobbies and activities you’ve been meaning to do forever because you love them, yet you just can’t seem to find the time. You have to make the plans yourself in order to make things happen.
Set boundaries around work.
I am guilty of working on the weekends if I don’t get things done the week before (see my point about procrastinating less). Most of us can’t escape from screens at our jobs these days, so it’s up to us to spend a little less time on our screens when we’re at home or out on the weekends. Remember to connect with yourself and others by being present in the moment, without a phone or laptop nearby. Try to set better boundaries away from work, like disconnecting from emails on the weekends or as soon as you get home from work.
How will you #MakeTime for the people and things you care about most?
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