I have this thing I call my alone time, which is basically dating yourself or masturdating if you will. Although I am admittedly with somebody almost 24/7, I still like getting my personal days once in a while. I think it’s also an important way not to lose yourself.

The only dreading chore is thinking of what to do during your alone time. And when you are accompanied a little more than too often, you tend to get rusty being by yourself. Here are a few options to take advantage of your time:

1. BUY THAT MOVIE TICKET

Remember all those trailers you said you will watch when they are out? Go see at least one of those, buy yourself a bag of popcorn and some Coca-Cola slushie, and enjoy the show. Make sure you watch during the day so you will feel accomplished when you realize that you still have a lot of time for other things.

2. SIT DOWN AT A CAFE

This remains a classic. Find a coffee shop with delightful interiors for ambiance and bring in your laptop, book, or pen and paper. It’s a perfect opportunity to be productive even without doing actual work—maybe if you have a journal, a blog, or something on the side that you’ve been wanting to do.

coffee and donuts alone time

3. READ OR LISTEN TO SOMETHING THAT CONNECTS TO YOU

If you’re not an avid reader (ironically like myself), choosing a book that you can relate to will keep you interested. I sulked in Tuesdays With Morrie when I felt lost and now that I am anxious about my journal (I am in denial that this is a blog), my best friend introduced me to The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck. These days, listening to podcasts is also becoming a popular alternative.

4. PAMPER YOURSELF

Get a haircut, go to a spa, have your nails done. Simple and pretty self-explanatory.

5. GO PEOPLE WATCHING

Yes, it’s a thing, but don’t be a creep and stare at strangers! It’s also not a chance for you to make snarky comments on others just to uplift yourself. Use this to slow down your time and let yourself realize where you’re at in life so you become more grateful. Idly observe without making others feel uncomfortable.

6. TAKE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO DO YOUR CHORES

No matter how much you clean your home, there will always be parts of it that will need to be cleaned more often. Specks of dust are quick to gather and if you’re not someone to scrub regularly, then this is it! I actually took my last alone time as a chance to clean my room because I have a friend who’s flying in this month.

7. TICK OFF A PERSONAL TO-DO LIST

This does not have to be an obligation. Maybe you have a goal you’ve been bailing out on just because it’s not a priority. Think about finishing a draft, completing a sketch, or perfecting a hobby. This is exactly how I started this website (which needs soooo much revamping. Maybe in my next alone time!).

8. WORK ON A DIY PROJECT

Pinterest said you can do it in five minutes, but you know that it can take almost half a day. Repurpose some of your belongings, especially those you intend to get rid of. Take a brief look at your place as well and see which areas need help reorganizing.

9. TREAT YOURSELF OUT TO A NICE MEAL

I know for a fact that there are individuals who feel uncomfortable being seen alone in public, let alone be spotted eating by themselves. But who cares if you don’t have someone to eat with? Enjoy a rare time you don’t have to keep up with a conversation while you’re satisfying your craving!

brunch plate alone time

10. TRY SOMETHING NEW

Doing something you’ve never done can be exciting. Take a class, cook, bake, attend a workshop, or anything that you would be interested in signing up for. It could even turn into a hobby or an idea that can lead you to something significant.

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