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Get Down Time

Everyone se2011-04-30 15.33.25ems to be taking stock. It’s that time of year, right? The end of the old year, beginning of a new. Time for reflection and making forward motion. Goal-setting. Lists.

One of my consistent goals for a long time has been to spend down time actually being down. As a writer and self-employed person, I am often faced with the temptation to work during my down time. But awhile ago, I decided that I needed to work when I work and play when I play, and not mix the two.

I decided a long time ago that I was going to try to keep myself busy while watching television. I have a couple of hobbies–knitting/crocheting and scrapbooking–that can easily be done while TV watching is happening. So instead of taking my computer with me to sit in front of the TV and unwind, I take my crocheting or knitting or my scrapbook.

2013-01-18 12.27.09I also have a particular affinity for music. I’ve been playing the piano and singing since I was a very small child. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting down to play. I’ve also been trying to play as many days as I can, and to learn new music every so often. It’s extremely rewarding.

It has helped me, recently, to unwind from some tense work situations. And from some exciting work highs. I’m so glad I have it. I highly recommend, if you don’t already, to make sure you get down time. And use it well.