5 Ways To Make Your Free Time Meaningful

Where do you spend your free time?

Youtube? Netflix? Reddit?

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I should make the disclaimer that I definitely don’t regret spending hours on RuPaul’s Drag Race (I genuinely consider that time wisely spent) but sometimes you just want to do something different in your free time!

That’s why here at The Hidden Good, we have come up with 5 ways to spend your free time meaningfully!

1) Volunteering!

What is more rewarding than to spend your free time helping others? The best part is that there is a wide array of volunteer opportunities and causes, making it simple to find one which suits you best! Here are just a few examples.

National Youth Council (NYC)

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NYC has many volunteer opportunities available especially for youths in Singapore, and they partner with many other organizations such as Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore!

Events

If organizations seem intimidating, you can also check out useful events such as Youth Corps Service Week – an island-wide community service to gather youth volunteers or OBS Project IsLand-A-Hand- where volunteers learn ways to conserve and protect the natural biodiversity and wildlife.

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Hopefully, this motivates you to start searching up how you can mix your passions with bringing good to the world.

Doing good doesn’t have to look a certain way.

Another good place to start would also be this article released by The Smart Local!

2) Pick up a new skill

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but realized that you weren’t sure where to look or how to go about doing it? Well, thank goodness for the internet! With plenty of educational online platforms, you don’t even have to leave the comforts of your home to pick up a new skill.

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One such site is Skillshare, a learning platform with online classes taught by the world’s best practitioners. From photography to calligraphy, there are over 23,000 classes to choose from! You’re sure to find one which piques your interest.

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You can have a free one month trial to see if skillshare suits you and if you use the code: REFERRAL2M you would be able to instead get 2 months free for your skillshare account. (Disclaimer: we’re not sponsored)

Another good place to check out is LearningCloud.SG! This platform is especially beneficial to those who want to pick up skills that will benefit them as social workers, with E-Learning courses such as “Befriending Seniors” and “Understanding Persons with Developmental Disabilities” readily available at the click of your mouse!

3) Go out more

Surely, when you think about free time, you think of sleeping in or cozying up with a good book- both which are very relaxing. However, another way is to explore and get out more. Surely, you may live on a little red dot, but the possibilities are endless.

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You could take a morning walk or jog in the countless number of parks and nature walks all around Singapore. Don’t fret, morning walks aren’t the only thing you could do, you could also explore hidden gems such as Haw Par Villa or Bukit Timah Rail. This guide of free things to do is a good reference to start off with!

4) Find a Job

Holidays can be really fun, but it can also be really expensive. There is often the fear of finding jobs because it appears intimidating or high-commitment, However, are you aware of short-term jobs?

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An example would be event-based jobs that usually pop up for various seasonal periods throughout the year! Such jobs can be searched on Gumtree or Carousell. Not only would you be earning some extra pocket money, but it would also allow you to gain experience, which is always beneficial. If you don’t want to constantly plow through these sites, you can also join Telegram groups like this one which posts up job opportunities of various natures!

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Furthermore, it would be a big plus in your portfolio when applying to Universities or even could increase your basic salary when you eventually look for a long-term job!

5) Spending time with the people you love

Don’t click away from the article upon reading this point! Yes, this may be oversaid, but it’s truly important. Most of the time we avoid or even ignore the importance of spending time with our loved ones because we take them for granted, but time is precious and so are they.

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What makes something meaningful isn’t what you are doing, but who you are doing it with.

That’s why number five is the most important of all these tips. At the end of the day, our loved ones are a major part of what motivates us. Parents go to work so that they can provide for their children, and children feel the pressure to do well in school so they can make their parents proud. So next time you have the chance, spend time with the people who matter the most. After all, what could possibly be more meaningful than spending time with the people you love?


Written by: Peter Sharvin Skandarajah & Vanessa Tay

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