Down Time

Tonight I was reminded why I gave up on Sudoku games. I fired one up on the computer because I've been burning the candle at both ends of late and felt the need for just a bit of "down time".

Just writing that makes my mind start to churn with other possibilities for "down time". Could I have done something refreshing and relaxing and restorative that ALSO edified? In other words, something that wasn't a total time-waster? Undoubtedly. But I didn't think of that question then. I thought of it now. And so it goes.

Back to my point, such as it is - Sudoku. I had a book of these puzzles a few years ago and worked through it and discovered something. They are not hard. Nor are they especially mysterious. They are simply fill-in-the-blank tests with clues. The only thing we don't know is how long it will take to solve it.

And it will get solved. This is why they are less than puzzles; less than mysteries. We know the answers, it's just a matter of time. And I finally decided I don't want to spend a half an hour finding 9 sets of numbers that run 1 through 9.

So, how do you spend "down time"?

1 comment:

Bob Wingate said...

Mike, your Sudoku puzzles make me think of games, so here's one apparently unproductive down time thing I do...

I grab a deck of cards and play solitare. I know a couple of games so well they're automatic, Klondike (erroneously called Canfield) - the "normal" solitaire we all know, and Pyramid solitaire. Sometimes I'll play one, then the other.

The interesting thing is this helps me in the decision making process. I'm not sure how or why it helps, but if I'm trying to decide what to work on next between two good choices, playing solitaire seems to sort thing out. It has to be a real deck of cards though, computer solitaire won't quite focus the mind.

The other down time activity I enjoy is reading for pleasure. Just some story I've enjoyed before, whether a short story or part of a novel. As long as it's not reading to study, then it's down time.

As you say, it can be good for the soul.