DailyBlog : How I Spend My Free Time

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: How do you spend the majority of your free time?

This question is a bit of a struggle for me because these days, I don’t really have much “Free time.” Even the time I spent watching Netflix is basically pre-planned into my day. Would that count? Would my “dinner / Netflix” time be “free time?”

I work full-time. I own a rescue horse that I’m currently training. I have a handful of different writing projects I’m working on. I have a backlist of Netflix shows I plan to watch, as well as a backlist of books that I plan to read. I do spend a bit of time each day watching a few episodes or a movie, and a “technology free” hour before I go to bed is dedicated to reading, but again, I pre-plan those “time slots” into my day.

As I’m a person prone to depression, I’ve found that putting myself on a “schedule” even to watch Netflix (or Hulu, etc) or to read a book really helps me avoid unproductive funks because I’ve scheduled time in my day to just mentally unwind without compromising the things I want and need to accomplish. I used to be a lot more spontaneous, but my life also used to be a mess before I “got my shit together” so to speak.

To those of you who don’t pre-plan your days to the degree that I do, I fully believe that it’s okay to watch an hour or two of TV per day, or to read a book, work on a craft, or do whatever it is that you do that unplugs you from the stresses of life. It’s not “unproductive” to give your mind a break, or to allow yourself to enjoy an activity that’s only reward may be making you happy in that moment. I don’t buy into the misguided idea that every single thing you do has to have some future outcome, I’m all about enjoying the moment for exactly what it is. Whatever “free time” means to you, do something that makes you happy and don’t let anyone tell you it’s unjustified.

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