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TGIF! The weekend is nearly here. For many of us it’s a chance to step away from the dual monitors and spend time with friends and family and on personal hobbies. I’ve found I need to choose compelling and flow-inducing activities during my time off otherwise […]

TGIF! The weekend is nearly here. For many of us it’s a chance to step away from the dual monitors and spend time with friends and family and on personal hobbies.

I’ve found I need to choose compelling and flow-inducing activities during my time off otherwise my mind drifts back to work and my body back to the home office. I’ve recently taken up painting with acrylics — it’s a good break from reading and writing — and I like cooking new recipes for family dinner. I can involve my kids in both those activities while at the same time feeling totally engaged with what I’m doing.

Of course, there are plenty of other things to do away from work and away from the computer. My offline, off-work activities include fresh air sports like hiking or skiing, catching the latest movie, or joining neighbors for a potluck.

What about you? What do you like to do to take your mind off work and offline?

By Anne Zelenka

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  1. reading this at 1:04 am while doing work on a friday night.. whats this “off work/offline” you are talking about.. seriously, I have to be on a holiday without my laptop to be offline.

    or walking with my 2 year old daughter, which is the best thing ever.. (beats even team fortress 2)

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  2. For me, the best way to get away from work and being online is almost every weekend I try to get out and play a pick up game of lacrosse with some friends. While the majority of us are not in the shape we used to be and we rarely fill out two full teams, it is still a lot of fun to just take 2 or 3 hours with friends. And for those who have a little bit more stress from the work week, it serves as a great way to get out aggression.

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  3. 1. playing with the dog
    2. walks on the beach
    3. SEX

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  4. My wife and i love to go for car rides with the kids… Almost every weekends, we jump in the car to a new destination not too far away from our house. The kids like it as much as we do, probably for the same reasons, French Fries !!! We love stopping at a new chip stand and enjoy eating outside…

    So there it is… French Fries with the kids…

    Have a Great Day !

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  5. Time with my family. Does it every time.

    Anthony

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  6. Nothing! I just took a four day weekend trip to Florence, Italy. Saturday and Sunday were quite relaxing and enjoyable. Monday and Tuesday were slightly miserable in that I spent the whole time worrying about work and stressing about being out of touch. Do you think I need therapy?

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  7. @Sherrilynne: if you need therapy, then I do too! I as well find it hard to get my mind completely off work. And the closer I get to a workday, the more I think about it. Ah, Firenze… that might take my mind off it.

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  8. I wish i could say I know the answer, but the problem is that there is no off switch in the web worker world. however, i love reading books so i switch off friday evening to read a nice mystery – currently reading robert rosenberg’s crimes of the city.

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  9. I work from home and you know the old saying…If you work at home then you are always at work.

    Building time into your schedule for family, exercise and relaxation is the key. If you had a boss who made you work through lunch everyday and till 2 in the morning how long do you think you would put up with that job?

    Let’s face it sometimes you’re going to have to put in the long hours but just don’t forget to schedule in time for yourself while you’re doing it.

    Bob
    http://www.answers-for-freelancers.com

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  10. I make time , every two days , for a cross -training routine. It clears my mind , and makes me less likely to fall into writters block. I also cook , in the kitchen, from scratch. Putting a burrito in the microwave, and setting the timer myself just does’nt count as from scratch. When I can, I get out into the real world, and after squinting for a few hours, I open my eyes and become inspired by all the three dimensional beauty of the people. That’s where the down time really inspires me to create a more meaningfull project, something that will be beneficial to all those smiling faces.

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