Down Time

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by BTON Agency, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. BTON Agency

    BTON Agency UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This is an odd thread but its an issue i have had for many years and trying to rectify.

    I have decided i should not work 6 days a week, My businesses are at the point they do not need me in all day every day.

    I have have been trying to take a day off every week.

    The problem is i do not know what to do with myself!

    I find myself bored or wonder what is happening within my businesses and not able to find something to fill my time and give all my attention.

    Sure i can watch TV but feel that's a waste of the day, only so many places you can visit or eat out at and does not fill the entire day.

    In my mid-forties i do not have any hobbies as such as strived to make my businesses work (which they do).

    What do you do on a day off to unwind?
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: BTON Agency Member since: Aug 19, 2014
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  2. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I have a 2 year old, so I normally play peek a boo, shout at her to stop drawing on the walls, watch kids play with toys on youtube (that is a real thing) and wish I had gone in to work.

    I still go to the gym 2-3 times a week.
    I used to play golf - badly.
    Sometimes I just sit in the living room in silence and realise how good silence actually is.
    If you are really struggling, go and buy football manager. Before you know it you have taken Altrincham FC to the Champions League final, won the premiership and are 4 years older.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
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  3. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    You're lucky you've only got 1 day to fill. Try filling 7 days a week.

    Can vouch for this.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  4. BTON Agency

    BTON Agency UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Done the football manager thing, no joke almost cost me my marriage "Just one more fixture"

    I guess i could try the gym, apparently people do like it ;)
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: BTON Agency Member since: Aug 19, 2014
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  5. AllUpHere

    AllUpHere UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Have kids. I'm in my early 40s and have a 1 year old and a 2 year old. I never struggle to fill my time.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  6. Root 66 Woodshop

    Root 66 Woodshop UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I do woodworking, I go into my garage and knock out things to sell such as jewellery boxes, wooden snowmen, reindeer, butchers blocks, chopping boards... then once a month I take them to a makers market and make a bit of cash there.

    had a few commission pieces, which I was chuffed with... other than that, I chill out with my metal detector or I watch box sets after 8.00pm (only so the neighbours can't complain about me being in the garage all day and night making stuff :D)
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Root 66 Woodshop Member since: Nov 22, 2011
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  7. TheoNe

    TheoNe UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I usually take one day a week off & I love to go mountain biking.

    It doesn't just give me a great workout, I find that my stress levels reduce substantially, I feel more positive after a good cycle, I feel I have more energy and very importantly for me - I sleep much better! Give it a go yourself.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: TheoNe Member since: Jul 6, 2019
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  8. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I go out in my boat, but surly you must have some interest in something, painting, fishing, photography, working on a classic car, the list could go on............ there must be something you have thought of doing over the years?
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  9. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Learn an instrument
    Sign up for open uni courses
    Learn a craft
    Develop a hobby
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  10. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    I have a house and garden to maintain.

    Other than that, I go away in the campervan. Of course, that requires a lot more time than one day a week.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  11. DWS

    DWS UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I go to the pub for a Stella or two
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: DWS Member since: Oct 26, 2018
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  12. glengraving

    glengraving UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Use it to teach yourself a new skill
    Such as a language, you can tell yourself it'll be good for business
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: glengraving Member since: Jan 24, 2019
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  13. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Why? If it is what you enjoy doing, why not do it?
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  14. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I spent a couple of years living abroad and, for some of that time, not working at all. You'll be surprised how little you need to fill an entire day once you get used to it.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  15. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I'm a Cub Scout leader and avid tennis player.

    Go and volunteer with your local Scout group, the little sh*ts grow on you!
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  16. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Can go away in a campervan (or a car) pretty much anywhere in what you consider a day trip.
    I'd say within 20 miles, my dad would say anywhere within 200 miles.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  17. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Painting, reading, running, sightseeing, gym, golf, other sports . . . . . . . . . or count your money . . . . . .or set up another business . . . . . . . .or have children!

    There's more to life than work.

    You're in a rut, if you cannot find something to occupy your mind if not at work.
     
    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  18. Noah

    Noah UKBF Ace Free Member

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    This is a wind-up, surely? Children, team sport, demented parents, exercise, watersports, Guiding, festivals, sex, pub, house rebuild , domestic chores, spousal conflict, car repair, motorcycle rebuild, social media trolling, intellectual self-improvement, professional associations, committees, good works, holidays, ...

    I don't even have time to write it all down. Your problem is you don't have any problems. Single? Dating. Married without children? Go and have an affair. Healthy? Get sick. Have an affair with your doctor.

    Seriously, one thing : exercise.
     
    Posted: Jul 11, 2019 By: Noah Member since: Sep 1, 2009
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  19. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I agree with @MY OFFICE IN CHINA that you’re in a bit of a rut, but I’ve been there and it’ll probably take you a while before you find something that you truly enjoy.

    I have a 6 month old so he largely occupies most of my free time now but prior to that I enjoyed walking, cycling and unpacking all my gaming consoles so I now have an epic retro gaming.

    All enjoyable for me - although playing games from my youth makes me think just how easy you have it at the time and don’t realise it.
     
    Posted: Jul 11, 2019 By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  20. UKSBD

    UKSBD Not a real duck Staff Member

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    I started reading about 2 years ago (something I had done very little of in past 30 years)

    Now getting through a couple of books a week.
    I love to just sit in bed Saturday/Sunday mornings reading a good book.

    Can be 11:00 some mornings before I put my book down and get out of bed :)
     
    Posted: Jul 11, 2019 By: UKSBD Member since: Dec 30, 2005
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