Last night, someone asked me what I was doing for the long weekend and my quick response was that I was doing nothing.
I’m not actually doing nothing of course.
I never do nothing.
For me, doing nothing is like a curse – it means my brain will be spinning – like a little buffering circle, over and over trying to figure out what I should be doing and it will cough up all kinds of ideas and distractions.
That doesn’t mean that I look for busy work though. I’m not just trying to keep busy.
Instead, I like to plan in a general way what I might like to do over the course of a day.
Even the most leisurely day gets roughly planned out so I don’t lose it to buffering.
I’m not planning a day full of work all the time but I am not doing ‘nothing.’
Watching TV with my husband is doing something, reading is doing something, planning to putter from task to task is doing something.
Lying on the floor looking at the ceiling is still choosing to do something.
I’m not someone who is all caught up in being productive but I am someone with a very light grasp on time. So if I don’t make a plan, I can easily lose a whole day and have no sense of how I spent my time.
The key, really, is to have the plan but be willing to change it if something unexpectedly fun comes along.
So, the literal truth is that I will be doing something this weekend – lots of creative tasks plus lots of short household tasks.
That’s not nothing. 😉