I hate “down” time. Time that I can’t populate with a useful or enjoyable activity. Maybe you suspected that I was a working drudge and always needed to be working? Congratulations! You were wrong. What I do look for, though, are things that immerse me and involve me in thoughtful or creative activities. So high up on my list of things to do are reading, gardening, carving, and some of my activities as a videographer.
But I deviate from the plan all the time, and rather than being concerned about it as a symptom of my attention deficit issues, I celebrate the deviation as an opportunity to explore something new. It’s part of the reason I had ready skills for earning a living when my government job was reinvented out of existence. I had skills as a carver and a videographer to put to work. My insurance plan in life has always been my interest in accumulating new skills and knowledge.
Don’t exclude pleasure from the equation! E.B. White said, “I get up every morning determined to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” Onward!