The Myth of "Free" Time
Work is very busy and we're short-staffed. I've been working like a demon and it seems to be holding together.
But I'm tired.
I also know, from past experience, that I get sick when I'm exhausted. And I can't get sick right now. Not at all.
I have one full day off this week – today. I've already done laundries during the week, I started my weekly cooking binge last night and I've chosen very quick and/or easy foods to cook and I'll take a shower this evening instead of in the morning.
This is all so that I can schedule some free time. Only it's not free. It takes work to free it up, for instance.
I've used some of my free time to watch TV this morning. I try not to judge – down time is important, too.
But a good chunk this afternoon was spent playing. I observed a bookbinding class and now I've got the bug. I worked on that for part of the afternoon. Blogging is play and so is writing – I've done that, too.
Play is important for me and for all of us. I need to create, to make things. I'm not sure that scheduling downtime and playtime will keep me from getting sick, but I hope so. It *will* make me happier.
What do you do when you "play"?