I’ve been curious about the quality of my leisure time for a while. As a writer with a full-time job and several fitness goals, I’m busy. But, hand on heart, I have plenty of discretionary time to work on projects that interest me, take care of the house, and to relax.
My sense, however, is that I use leisure time poorly, either not drawing a clear enough line in the sand that work is stopping and fun is beginning, or by allowing my free hours to slip away with non-reviving activities.
Are you like me? How many of these do you do?
- Watch television while doing something else, such as working on a laptop or tablet?
- Get sucked into web surfing and before you know it, an hour has gone by?
- Take a nap but wake up so sluggish, the afternoon feels wasted?
- Feel too tired to do anything except slump in front of a TV show you’re not really interested in?
- Eat lunch at your desk or in the car?
- Stay up too late because you’re too tired to actually go through the steps of getting to bed?
- Have nothing “fun” to relate to others on a Monday morning, just chores and errands?
I planned this topic long before I read Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, but this book contains plentiful examples of the boost in productivity we experience when we take a good quantity of high quality rest. Longer and longer days are not the answer!
So, for the next two weeks, I’m cracking down on the habits listed above and plan to notice – really notice – how my leisure time is used. I’ll be developing a set of too-tired-to-do-anything activities which feel more nourishing than mindless screen time. I’ll be reminding myself of the opportunities for Joy Every Day and of Treasuring the Twilight before bedtime. I’ll be taking a lunch break every day and, at any given moment, aiming to be clear whether I’m in productive or recharging mode.
Will you join me? If you’d like to stop the blurring of work and play and feel revived by whatever rest time you have available, I’d love to hear your thoughts.