I like to feel productive. Rarely do I take time away from some to-do list I’ve created. I joke often that I have to continually go through my husband’s detox program of doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. It means ignoring the piles of laundry, dishes and toys to curl up with a book or my favorite shows. I have gotten to the point of really cherishing these down-times even though I quickly hit reality when I see piles of dishes and laundry waiting for me. I have declared today a pajama day. That means my kids rest and play, while I work on paperwork, laundry, kitchen stuff. It isn’t the same as doing nothing.
The hard part for me, though, is that I “control” when I want to take that time of nothing. And now I am faced withe five hours of “nothing” every week. Two hours for my boys’ gymnastic classes. One hour of joint swimming lessons for the boys. Two hours for vision therapy for my older son.
Five hours. What will I do with five hours of nothing but sitting and waiting?
My boys have been in gymnastics for a couple months. They absolutely LOVE it! I have to remind them to not show me their gymnastic moves on the couch or the playground. I usually use their class time to catch up on magazines I also text friends and family and check twitter and websites through my phone. Oh, and I end up watching the gymnastics teams who practice for competition. I go between feeling like I should hold up a “10” score card to admiring their arm muscles and secretly wishing I could have arms like that. 🙂
The boys have been in swimming for awhile. Usually I’ve been able to coordinate their swimming so I can work out after (with Cade’s lessons) or during (with Kory’s lessons). Now they will have lessons on the same day and time, so I will have an hour to sit. Sadly I won’t be able to work out before, during or after this time. 🙁
Then there will be vision therapy sessions twice a week for Kory over the next six months. Thankfully Cade can come with us and play in the eye doctor’s toy area in the lobby. Yet I’ll be sitting and waiting and watching the lobby’s tv that plays CNN.
How can I rest and still be productive during these five hours each week? I’m half tempted to do reverse lunges or jumping jacks – oh wait I’ve had three kids and I “can’t” do jumping jacks – while waiting. Okay not to that extreme. I do plan to take magazines as I have them and download ebooks to read. I really don’t want to lug my laptop around to “work” on things as most of these places don’t have wifi, and I really don’t want to be sitting with a stack of bills in an office somewhere. I’ve already started a bag for my sitting and waiting time. Currently, it has two books and a word-find book. I hope to add more things so I can use my time wisely.
How would you use five hours while waiting – with or without Internet access?