Down time? I know, I know, you are probably looking at that saying... what is down time? When I am laying down on the bed sleeping? Or... when I lay down on the couch, with the lap top of course, and write and comment on ActiveRain? Perhaps it is when I am watching TV, over the laptop screen of course. Maybe that is my down time? (Life seems to revolve around that laptop of mine...)
Are you kidding me?
It just dawned on me, after ALL these years, that I need to plan my downtime. As I wrote my last post about things to do in Litchfield County, I realized that I don't plan down time. Mostly they are a spur of the moment thing. So, I am turning over a new leaf and actually PLANNING down time. I can hardly wait for my first planned down time event to ping a reminder to me on my cell phone.
Do you plan your down time?
Often our schedules change at the last moment, either tying up down time we thought we would have, or opening up time because of a cancellation in an appointment. Of course there is always the "no show" which is totally unplanned and still gives me the opportunity to do something spontaneous.
I do plan events to attend...
But not down time. I need to start. Of course I can always sneak my camera with me on down time, on the premise of taking some family photos, etc. In reality, I will be taking photos to use in blog posts later on though. (Please don't tell the family, they might get their feelings hurt.)
I am putting down time on my calendar from now on. A wise person once told me (Master trainer Sheldon Spiegel) that we need to plan a day and a half off a week, and mark it on our calendars and schedule all work AROUND those times. Not DURING those times. I have never been good at that.
Down time, it just might be worth a second look. I might be able to cram a whole lot of work related stuff into some quality planned down time after all!
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