Do you often find yourself lying on the couch or in bed, watching episode after episode of a captivating Series? Yes, this might be a good way to relax after a hard day/week’s work. But there’s a whole other kind of relaxation that I would recommend to you, though.
I call it Wasting Time Well.
But, what is “wasting” time exactly? Some people might define it as any time spent doing work that’s not productive, either personally or professionally. However you define it, it’s time to redefine it. Because wasting time is good for the brain and can help lower stress levels and boost creative thinking.
How do you know you’ve wasted time well? My answer: It doesn’t stop you from doing all the things you have committed yourself to getting done in a day.
Here are some tips to wasting time well and still being productive.
1. Learn something meaningful to you: Learn things that are important in your daily life, or enhance your hobbies. For instance, if you’re a good cook, read and try a new recipe. If you like a weekend drive, check for exciting or interesting events going on in the area.
2. Social media housekeeping: Think of it as online filing – go through your Facebook, remove old and embarrassing photos and delete any ‘friends’ you have not spoken to for ages. Update your Twitter/Instagram timeline, but don’t spend too much time there or get immersed in the distractions.
3. Exercise your mind in a relaxing way: This is especially helpful if you are working on something physical. A mental puzzle or brain twister might be a great way to relax and still build up yourself mentally.
4. Plan for a vacation: Planning a party, a vacation, an event will help you feel excited as you look forward to something special. It also helps in improving your work-life balance thereby making you more productive at work.
What other tips do you have to add? How do you waste time well?