I have quite a lot of goals and projects and just 24 hours in the day, so I’ve had to get economical. One of my favorite ways to get the most from a day is to take on my challenges or goals alongside people I want to spend time with.
Running is probably my favorite way to do this. I invite an acquaintance along whom I don’t know, and at the end I know them a lot better (a hard trail run will do that to you). I have bonded more closely with my male friend group this way, and I even recently went on a running date.
Or I’ll be on an adventure with a friend and stretch my creative muscles by filming videos (as on a recent drive through South Carolina farmland), taking photos (as on a recent hike) or recording a philosophical conversation “podcast” (as on a recent kayak trip).
Having friends over for dinner can become a great way for me to practice my cooking. A weekly goal accountability call lets me catch up with friends in California and Mexico. A movie night with coworkers can give me good idea fodder for writing.
Everything is related to everything else, and all time can serve your building of 1) your life and 2) the community with which you want to spend that life.