I search for jazz music on YouTube and play them in the background while I’m working, reading or cleaning.
I pull out a journal or planner and start listing things I want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks or months or for the following year.
I nap. Ain’t gonna lie, that’s my favorite one. And I try to get a nap in at least once a week.
I call a friend and shoot the breeze. Bounce ideas off of them.
Pout myself a glass of wine, sit at the computer and write. Currently working on book #3.
I think it’s very important that we find ways to recharge and that we find multiple ways to do so. We may not always have immediate access to our regularly used tools so we need to be able to go to the next channel and recharge that way.
There’s nothing like some down time when things are slow. You can get caught up. You can get things in order. You can catch on personal things. You can even do laundry. But down should be used wisely in between clients. And, depending how you look at it, down time be an assorted bag.
Trust me, I love when I have nothing pressing or due, but that also means I don’t have any extra income coming in. So when I get a little down time in between clients, I either prep or rest. I don’t try to overthink my down time, which sounds a little weird, I know but it’s true.
Rather than overwork myself, I brainstorm. I right ideas down. I take notes. Nothing more. If not any of that, I literally rest. I get caught on sleep. I enjoy a glass or two of red wine. In cooler weather, I’d enjoy a few cups of herbal tea. I watch an inspiring or listen to something inspirational like a TED Talk or speech. I focus on making that time about shifting my thoughts and being in positive mindset. And it’s so important to try to remain positive as possible. Juggling multiple projects, work and pretending to have a life… down time is a good thing.