Getting Fun Things Done
December 27, 2012 2:43 PM Subscribe
How can I make my downtime more productive and fulfilling?
posted by jweed to sports, hobbies, & recreation (8 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Here's a feeling I hate: sometimes I'll have free time, but instead of spending it on something I truly enjoy, I'll spend the time reading random New York Times articles, or watching a few episodes of a sitcom on Netflix, or aimlessly surfing around on twitter. I don't mind that this time is unproductive — I'm already fulfilling all my professional and personal obligations — but I don't like the fact that I spend so much time doing things that aren't even really that great. I love reading, writing, watching movies, going on walks, visiting museums, learning languages, and exploring, but I never seem to DO any of that stuff.
I've tried scheduling my leisure time in blocks and just forcing myself to get out of the house, but neither approach has yielded any long-term benefits. For every free morning I spend doing something cool, there are about 10 that I spend in my pajamas reading Wikipedia entries about uses for soup.
Any lifehacks (what a terrible word!) for making my leisure time more "productive" and filling it with more things that I actually love to do?