I was walking through the break room at work a couple weeks ago and as I was grabbing my lunch from the fridge and heating it up in the microwave, I overheard a couple coworkers talking about “passing the time.” I don’t remember exactly what activity they were talking about, just that “it’s a great way to pass the time,” and it got me thinking…
What time is there to just “pass?”
Am I the only one who feels that way?
Maybe it’s because I’m an overachieving workaholic who has more “side hustles” than she can probably count, but I feel like I’m always doing something with a purpose, never to just fill a void of time.
Is that weird?
Now, I’m not saying I never relax, but when I think about it, even my activities to help me relax have that purpose behind them; it isn’t just about filling some unknown amount of time until it’s time to eat, go to bed, or head to work.
Does anyone else feel that way?
Regardless, I thought I’d share a few ways in which I “pass the time” with purpose…
I read while I’m walking on the treadmill or before bed, and I even listen to audio books as a way to help pass the time during my commute to work.
Obviously this is usually for my blog, Daily Aspire, or a freelance article, but I swear time just flies by when I’m writing.
Let me be clear, very rarely do I watch Netflix where that’s the only thing I’m doing. I know that’s probably bad, but it makes some great background entertainment while I’m doing something else…like what’s next.
Lately that has meant cross-stitching letters for the quilt that I am making my grandmother. I have a ways to go but it’s been super relaxing at the end of a long day, to do a little cross-stitch while watching ‘New Girl.’ (Side note: when I first started watching ‘New Girl’ I really wasn’t sure about it, but I gave a few episodes a chance and now I love it!)
I love puzzles! I actually often forget how much I love them until I start one and get so obsessed I don’t do anything else until I finish it. After finishing a puzzle earlier this year in 36 hours, I decided I better take a break. ha!
6. Get Active
Whether you’re going out for a walk or run, practicing yoga or heading to your favorite group fitness class, being active is probably one of the best ways I can think of to pass the time because you’re also doing something super healthy for your body!
7. Clean & Organize
What? Just me? I don’t love to clean, but I do love the feeling of a clean and organized home so even just taking a few minutes to pick up or clean the bathroom, or even taking an afternoon to finally clean out the closet that somehow got out of control, is a great way to pass time!
8. Take a class
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the older I get, the more I want to learn. It feels a lot harder to “find the time” (ironic isn’t it?), but my list of books to read or topics to research almost feels never ending. While school may have felt like a drag when we were “forced” to go, I find it so enjoyable as an adult when the pressure is off…at least until we decide to go back to school and put that pressure back on. ha!
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How do you enjoy passing the time?
I wish like I had time to pass. On the rare occasions I do have time, I read and pray.
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Netflix and readings are the top ones for me! Or take a walk if weather is nice.
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All great suggestions!! Every now and then if I have some free time I’ll text a friend to see if he/she is free for a chat. Doesn’t always pan out but it’s so nice when it does and we can catch up for 20 minutes. And reading. Thanks for this!
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Reading, netflix and working out are my favs. I also love pinterest. Always inspires me!
Good tips for me today! I’ll be at the airport for quite some time so I’ll have plenty of time to kill.
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Ahhhh, I need to find ways to slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww time down!
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Love this! I don’t really understand the concept of just “passing” the time either, because like you, when I do something the activity has a purpose. Like you, I often have Netflix on for background noise while I’m doing something else. I’ve found that if I actually stop what I’m doing just to watch a show it’s because the show is engaging enough that it’s “fueling” me in a way (kinda like reading is fuel to a writer) or I’ve reached a point where I really just need to relax and not do anything in order to recharge, in which case I feel it still has a purpose because it’s giving me a needed break so that I can be productive again. And there always comes a point where I’m like, “Okay, I’m done! Time to get to work!” 🙂
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Great post, I agree with you I don’t need help “passing the time” and I feel lazy if I’m not doing something I view as productive or having a purpose but most of your ideas are things I consider productive!!
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I never understand when fully grown adults say that they’re bored or dont know what to do. Is there ever a time where I feel like I dont know what to do next?! I dont think so!
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These are great ideas, I love reading and watching Netflix! I wish I did more crafty things!