Friday Thoughts: Things I Do When I’m Not Reading

(What I really need to do: go outside.)

For better or worse, I’m one of those people that doesn’t procrastinate much on things I have to do – work, chores, running errands – but when the end of the day comes around, very often I don’t feel like doing what I really want to do (deep down): that is, improve my mind with reading.  My brain says it’s too tired to be improved and deserves a break.  I don’t really buy it, but I usually end up doing something else anyway, such as:

  • Play solitaire.  Currently obsessed with Scorpion.
  • Watch YouTube videos (sometimes while playing Scorpion.)
  • Watch a TV show with the family.
  • Find more books to read, on Goodreads (ha ha).
  • “Window shop” online.  (And occasional real shopping.)
  • Work from home.  Those pesky emails…
  • Take a nap. 

I have, at various times, experimented with a more rigorous schedule.  Last January (2017), I made myself do a lot of study reading, which was nice in retrospect but a bit wearisome at the time.  Nanowrimo 2016 saw me give up all my spare time – and I mean very nearly all – to building my own story, which was a great experience (it worked!) but not something I’ve whole-heartedly committed to since then.  

Right now I’m trying to find a good balance between “assigning” time to read and keeping reading fun.  Part of that is just including fun books to read in between more weighty fare.  Last night I started Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and could hardly put it down, so maybe that will pull me away from the screen for a while.

4 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts: Things I Do When I’m Not Reading

  1. There is something uniquely comforting about having a book in your hands and a pause from the digital world. I don’t watch much TV but recently my husband and I have been enjoying Family Matters on Friday nights. TGIF, hehe. Anyhow, hope you’re having a beautiful weekend!

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  2. Thanks, Jade! Old shows are the best, aren't they? Currently my family is watching Yes, Prime Minister on DVD, and I'm finding it absolutely hilarious. Wish they still made comedy like that!

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  3. I do know what you mean about being tired at the end of the day and wanting something less challenging than reading. I tend to waste time with things I really don't want to do yet then complain when I don't feel like I have enough reading time. I do have more of an excuse lately as I've been working on the food blog and helping a friend with some work as well, so I have little time for anything else. I hope that changes soon! And I hope your weekend was wonderful!

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  4. You, too, Cleo! 🙂 I wouldn't feel too bad about not reading – it's good to try new pursuits as well and come back with a fresh mindset. I have been enjoying seeing your food blog growing! I don't cook much myself, but some of those recipes I need to ask my mom to try (we love vegetarian!).

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