There are copious laments out there about time wasted scrolling around on social media. Ironically, many of these laments are posted on social media, because places like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter offer an easy way to connect with people facing similar woes.
An added bonus: these sites are almost perfectly designed to fill low energy time. We all have these minutes (sometimes hours) where we’re not going to sleep, but we’re also not going to do much else. We’re certainly not getting up and going anywhere. We want something at least semi-pleasant and not that challenging. TV works. And so does social media. So it winds up filling a big chunk of potential leisure time.
In analyzing my own time, I realize I’m not too worked up about this. Yes, I seldom find much worth reading online. On the other hand, I’ve genuinely enjoyed scrolling through some Instagram posts of gorgeous interior design.
But I do think there’s something to be said for figuring out something more constructive that could fill this time. Reading works, though it can’t be too challenging reading. I’m in a bit of a reading rut at the moment on books. I have been reading The Economist cover to cover, which has been more enlightening than Twitter insults. And I’ve also rekindled my love for something else that fills this time quite well: puzzles!
Yes, I love jigsaw puzzles. I’d purchased a fair number of 200-piece Crocodile Creek puzzles for my kids over the years. This tends to be a good size (and Crocodile Creek puzzles tend to be reasonably well made). With a child helper or two I finish in about 45 minutes, creating a sense of accomplishment. So a few months ago, I elected to purchase three new 200-piece puzzles from the series: a princess castle, a map of Asia, and a map of the world featuring dinosaurs.
Then I saw that Crocodile Creek makes 500-piece puzzles. So I elected to purchase two of these: a safari scene, and a floral montage.
These have been more complex. They take several hours to get through, usually spread over multiple days. But I’ve been enjoying sitting down with my tea at night and figuring out where another 100 pieces go.
Another discovery: We rarely use the dining room table for formal eating occasions. So I now think of my dining room as the puzzle room. Perhaps this is not the most efficient use of space (some of my kids think that another bedroom might have been preferable) but it acknowledges reality.
What do you do during your low energy time?