So, it is 10:09am and I have just sat down to have my midmorning coffee. And as per usual I’m comfy on the sofa with my laptop in front of me about to open Facebook and have a game of Cookie Jam. Yes I know, “What a waste of time!”. However downtime is downtime and we are all entitled to that. A little mindless activity to while away your relaxation time is totally acceptable in my book.
The other thing I do during my downtime is browse Pinterest for craft ideas. Oh, how I can waste hours on that. But it more often than not inspires me to jump up and get creating soon enough.
All that being said, and the reason for today’s post is, that one of my readers, Sally, sent a emailÂ last week asking me to write a post about alternative downtime activitiesÂ to avoid resorting to online shopping.
A harmless game that doesn’t cost a cent and in no way clutters up your home is one thing. Cruising the internet for creative inspiration another, but online shopping, that is a whole other kettle of fish. Sometimes very costly and cluttery fish at that. Especially costly ifÂ indulged in by people who can ill afford to be wasting their hard earned cash or who already has a cluttered home.
Now don’t worry, I am not going to suggest that you could spend your downtime decluttering, because to most people that would come under the category of work. And even I am not that keen to declutter. Although I have been known to enjoy it enough to consider it downtime in itself, but would still not list it as a downtime activity.
Anyhow, I have stated my two downtime pointless indulgences but I am sure there are many more. For example…
- Knitting or other easily portable craft
- Catching up with friends on Facebook.
- Watch some inspiring YouTube videos ~ Ted Talks or similar.
- Browse recipes online for later inspiration when organising a weekly menu plan or to get out of that ‘same old same old” cooking rut. (I should take my old advice here.)
…just to name a few. Also I googled ‘Alternative activities to avoid online shopping’ and found this little gem…
And also this one
I confess I have been known to browse and buy from bothÂ old school craft stores and online ones as well, but for the most part, when it comes to shopping of any sort, just thinking about where I would fitÂ an item and how much stuff I already own is enoughÂ to put me off buying things.
So does anyone else have some downtime activities that helps them relax that doesn’t involve online shopping. Why not share your experience in the comments.