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Freedom and Boredom: Striking a Balance

Posted May 1st, 2008 at 11:00 PM by funrun
Has this ever happened to you?

You've just finished a Big project, and I mean a BIG, burdensome project that consumes all of your free time for weeks on end, and sometimes even consumes your sleeping, eating, and chore time, or if it doesn't, it makes you feel guilty for not allowing it to consume all of your free time. So then the moment when said BIG project is no longer on your plate, you feel like celebrating! You're suddenly free, like a bird, to do whatever it is that you've been wanting to do, or whatever it is that you have been doing instead, but now you can fully enjoy it without that little twinge of guilt for not focusing on the Big project instead.

So what do you do first? Maybe you go out with friends all night and celebrate, or you stare at the TV for hours just because you can. You might also do all those little chores that you'd been wanting to do, but couldn't because they weren't as important as the Big project. Maybe you even take a mid-day nap, because god knows, you needed one!

So a few hours later you're done celebrating, the little chores are caught up, you watched some TV, you just got up from your nap, and that "weeeeee, I'm free!" feeling is wearing off. Now what do you do to pass the time?!

This is roughly what happened to me today, and now I have this strange feeling, I think they call it boredom. I don't really feel like doing much of anything, yet in doing nothing, I'm wondering what I'm going to do to pass the time now that there is no Big project to fall back on as a time filler. To make it worse, I'm a bit sick with allergies or a cold. This means I've been working from home for the last two days, cooped up in my apt, and canceled the things I was originally going to be doing over the next several days in part because I don't want to potentially infect anyone, and in part because of a huge Harley Davidson rally (that's another story). So now I have this terribly ironic situation with all this free time, yet no one to spend it with, and not enough energy to start something new.

Then it occurred to me, "I could write a blog about this!" This seemed like the perfect mindless and energy-less activity to fill some time late on a Thursday night, right before I take more Benedryl that will make me sleepy again.

I got to thinking ahead to when I get some energy again. . . what else have I been meaning to do that I haven't done yet? I could hextr1p to give me the site graphics and help him make the new themes. That could be fun and productive. I also need to follow up with Malechi and remind him that we were going to tweak the site icons. Then there are the other blogs I've been meaning to write - a bird blog and part 4 of the site redesign story - but those would require more thought than I care to use right now.

So in conclusion, I'd like to know if other people react the same way after finishing a Big project? What do you usually do the moment you're free to do nothing? And then what do you do once you realize you've done all the things you care to do at the moment?
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hextr1p's Avatar
A lot of the time, after finishing a BIG project, I have amassed a rather large stack of little projects that had to be tucked away until the larger one was complete. That, or I finish a BIG project only to find myself in the shadow of a HUGE project which had been placed directly over me. And my production manager is there, standing next to a rope by which the HUGE project is suspended. Oh, and he's holding a knife and wearing a vicious smile. And he giggles a lot.
Posted May 2nd, 2008 at 12:43 AM by hextr1p hextr1p is offline
nyys's Avatar
I usually go nuts with not having anything to do after something big, so I'll do something mindless yet time consuming, like make an army builder 'program' using excel, or something else that doesn't necessarily accomplish anything but keeps the noggin occupied.
Posted May 2nd, 2008 at 07:10 PM by nyys nyys is offline
Hex_Enduction_Hour's Avatar
Done? Let me know when I'm done with everything I have to do!

By the way, it's the same with me - is this a cold or allergies?!?
Posted May 3rd, 2008 at 10:20 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
Revdyer's Avatar
Thanks for sharing that, funrun. I bet by the time you read this, you'll be on to the next "big project."

I tend to take the big dog, Ralph for a walk when I'm done with such things. Then I mess around here. With Sunday arriving once a week, I never have long without another "big project" looming.
Posted May 5th, 2008 at 10:43 AM by Revdyer Revdyer is offline
Shades fan's Avatar
I do the same thing Hextr1p does. I pack little projects that fill my time and accumulate so when the big project is done,I can have something to do. Right now I have this thing about letters,and in a dictionary I bought,I fill in all the letters with wholes in them, like a,b,d,g,q,o,p,R,P,O,B,D,A,Q. It may seem crazy,but when I accomplish it it is the greatest feeling!
Posted May 5th, 2008 at 07:56 PM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
funrun's Avatar
shades fan. . . wow! I would never aspire to do such a thing.

rev. . . I have not taken up a big project yet, but I'm sure enjoying kicking back and doing whatever I want, whenever I want. I'm even going to play games tomorrow!
Posted May 5th, 2008 at 08:17 PM by funrun funrun is offline
southwest ninja's Avatar
i usually try to escape to the outdoors, ride my bike or skate. anything that gets me moving. occasionally ill get sucked into the online word of gaming. but the ultimate bordom reducer is working on custom pieces for this wonderful game. none are near good enough to post but i still love to do it.
Posted May 6th, 2008 at 10:23 AM by southwest ninja southwest ninja is offline
Dr. Weirdscaper's Avatar
If you want to kill some time, you can always join my
RPG site: worldofweirdscaper.freeforums.org
Posted May 9th, 2009 at 03:19 PM by Dr. Weirdscaper Dr. Weirdscaper is offline
Revdyer's Avatar
It must be a time warp RPG. <grin>
Posted May 9th, 2009 at 05:13 PM by Revdyer Revdyer is offline
Dr. Weirdscaper's Avatar
Yes, now if you'll excuse me, I have to return to 1999
to defeat Lavos.
Posted May 11th, 2009 at 12:40 PM by Dr. Weirdscaper Dr. Weirdscaper is offline

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