Getting the most out of those elusive moments of down time are true balancing acts. Sometimes you just want to be spontaneous in your choices and not be overly scheduled. And other times you want to seize the day and check another experience off your bucket list. This leisure book from Oh Happy Day is the solution to deciding what to do with those awesome opportunities of uncharted time when they arise.
All you need is a blank journal (preferably with tabs) and some time to brainstorm the categories you’re going to build out.
Some ideas: restaurants, movies, books, music, hikes, day outings, date nights, weekends away, travel destinations, seasonal/holiday events, kid activities, etc. It’s like creating a personal culture guide for yourself, or as a gift for another during the holidays or for a birthday, anniversary, or upcoming trip. Researching online and asking for input from friends will add to your initial ideas.
After I left a decade-long life in California many years ago, I started my own variation of this, which was a list of places to visit on return trips. Of course there were the favorite restaurants, the awesome bookstore and other shops, but my favorites of the favorite list were the wildflower peaks — Death Valley and Joshua Tree in February, Anza Borrego in March, The California Poppy Reserve in April and the Lompoc flower fields in June/July.
No matter the format the goal is the same: To keep your inspirations and passions close at hand and at the ready. Here’s hoping you’ve got some down time coming your way!
(image courtesy Oh Happy Day)