Making the Most of Your Free Time

Tee: Messy Ma || Leggings: Jadelynn Brooke (Obsessed!! Get 15% off with code “MAUF”) || Shoes: Nike || Apple watch with this band || Teleties (best hairties/bracelets ever!) || Koozie: SouthernDoe

Y’all I’m so happy to be back in action today after an action-packed week of travel last week. While I absolutely love being a girl on the go, I have to admit that by Friday all I wanted was to curl up in my own bed and snuggle Buddy Bear! (PS- today is his 10th birthday!!)

I am so thankful that we have today off of work to celebrate MLK day and am really looking forward to 24 hours of being productive and catching up on “life.” Since I have plans to take full advantage of today, it got me thinking that as we head into a new year we could all use some tips on making the most of our “free time”- I mean, we get so little of it!

ONE: Make a to-do list

This might sound like an elementary first step, but if you want to be productive- make a list! If I let all my ideas roll around in my head, then 1/2 of them never get completed. But when I stop and make a list, then I can see clearly how to prioritize my time for the day. Also, I get an intense feeling of satisfaction when I cross things off said list- anyone else?? 🙂

TWO: Schedule Your Day

Now that you’ve made your list you can see what & how much you need to accomplish. Next, I usually sit down and section out my day into time-blocks based on how long I think it’s going to take me to finish certain tasks. I also try to make sure I’m not hopping from one side of the house to the other – and that I’m doing tasks in an order that makes sense.

THREE: Take Breaks

Chances are, if you are anything like me you use days off of work to be super productive; but that does mean that you don’t get to use said days to just “relax” (I hardly know what that word means anymore!) So I try to build in a few “breaks” to just sit for a moment and read a few texts, scroll IG, let Buddy out, etc. These few minutes of a mental break then reinvigorate me to tackle the next thing on my list!

FOUR: Pour a Glass of Wine! 😉

I mean, is there any better way to unwind & enjoy your free time?! Pat yourself on the back for being so productive- now it’s time to relax!

Tee: Messy Ma || Leggings: Jadelynn Brooke (Obsessed!! Get 15% off with code “MAUF”) || Shoes: Nike || Apple watch with this band || Teleties (best hairties/bracelets ever!) || Koozie: SouthernDoe

I hope some of these tips are helpful as you look towards a new year. I just know we’re going to make this one SO good!



  1. January 15, 2018 / 10:56 am

    Welcome home and Happy 10th Birthday to your buddy bear. Super jealous of your long weekend, enjoy the extra day today girlie <3
    Green Fashionista

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 15, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Buddy says thank you 🙂 We’ve got a Starbucks date this afternoon to celebrate!

  2. January 15, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I would seriously be lost without my to do lists! I live by the ones I make at work, which I keep in a notebook that now has over a year’s worth of them. there’s something so satisfying about crossing things off of it too! Love your leggings as well.

    x Diana // Pearl Girl

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 15, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      I love looking back at everything I’ve gotten done- it reminds me that I CAN do it! 🙂

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 15, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you!! Buddy can’t wait for his pup-achino this afternoon to celebrate double digits 🙂

  3. January 15, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I love being super productive and taking breaks every once in a while. I tell myself I’ll work hard for a half hour then reward myself 😉 Also, the bows on your leggings are the cutest!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 15, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      I like the way you think!! That’s a great way to stay on task 🙂

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 15, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      You and me both! 🙂

  4. January 16, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday Buddy Bear!!
    Yup we’re list makers and most of our free time is spent doing tasks.. and then just when we think we are almost at the finish line we stumble across more tasks.

  5. January 16, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Oh my gosh! Happy Birthday Buddy Bear! How precious is that. I love making free time, sometimes a glass of wine is just what you need for you time! I am loving those leggings!

    • girlmeetsbow
      January 19, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Thanks Laura!

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