Time wasting and leisure: The Elusive line
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”-Bill Watterson
Due to the fact that I believe in balance and equilibrium, I felt a need to elaborate on a recent post in which I talked about the advantages of leisure. It is very likely that even as a child you were taught that too much of a good thing could be harmful. It was great to explore the concept of leisure and how I felt about engaging in such luxury. Initially, my journal entry on the topic was light and free-flowing, but as I continued to explore this topic, I couldn’t help but wonder where is the line between too much leisure and not enough? Can balance be achieved?
Our dual natures understand that too much and too little free time are both problematic. Our lives were reset after the pandemic and there was more free time than we could have ever hoped for. Working the 9-5 grind for decades, many of us have been underworked and overscheduled, and it has become almost ingrained in us to stay busy. It may have been delightful for us to daydream of infinite discretionary time and zero daily responsibilities as we sat at home in our pajamas and binged-watched Games of Thrones. The claim I make is, without doubt, true because I am a fan of the show.
Through this experience, I have realized that when we don’t strive to find balance in this area, we increase the risk of being unhappy. In operating at zero for days on end and crossing the boundary between leisure time and laziness we expose ourselves to depression. If you spend more than 5 hours in unproductive leisure time, your subjective well-being will be lowered. We often cross this boundary in today’s world. With five episodes of The Crown already watched, we have already entered the realm of unproductive leisure. In other words, how do we draw a line between leisure time that is productive and leisure time wasted?
The Journal Prompt
Are your recreational activities aligned with your purpose?
Are there any ways to improve the quality of your leisure time?
Do you believe in moderation?