Downtime – What I Do Offline to Recharge

I spend much of my day in front of a glowing rectangle.

I guess that is the case for many of us, isn’t it? We can’t avoid the fact that our day-to-day lives are dependent on staying connected.

So what do I do offline to stay sane? Here is a non-comprehensive list…

1. Read. I don’t read as much as I’d like or as much as I should, but I keep a book within reach for whenever I get the opportunity. I keep two or three books going at once, but I allow myself permission to drop a book if I find it isn’t for me (got this idea from Steven Furtick’s blog post).

2. Play music. A no-brainer, right? Piano, guitar… whatever is nearby.

3. Play with my kids. I love my family and know that my time is my family’s whenever I’m home (Jon Acuff wrote a great piece on this topic here). We play cards, board games, Wii (yes, even though the Wii is technically offline, I still call this a bit of a cheat. Still, it’s active and the kids like it).

4. Sit at the kitchen table and talk to my wife. Jamy is my best friend. Some of my favorite times involve my wife, coffee, and talking about nothing in particular.

What do you do during your offline time?