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Lackadaisical Nonsense

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 5, 2016

“If you want to get through the work week, then you need to allow some time in your schedule to do something completely mindless.”
“How about playing board games like this one? Scrabble is pretty fun.”
“What about yoga?”
“No, that still does not count. In yoga, you are not being mindless, you are being mindful.”
“I feel pretty mindless when I am crocheting.”
“Nope, it requires thought.”
“Okay, then how about drawing or reading webcomics?”
“That is not mindless, there is still some thinking involved.”

The back-and-forth banter ended when I came to the realization that I did not prefer to be lectured while enjoying my recreational time. Somehow, I had dug myself into a never ending work week with back-to-back appointments where it was “Winter all year round, but never Christmas” (ha, Narnia reference). At the heart of it, I knew my friend was correct.

In truth, the idea of scheduling a few hours in my week for drawing could be beneficial. My electronic calendar is a key organizational tool because anything added to it gets done regardless of different obligations in other parts of my life.

It would be nice if there could be one day in a year where we would not have to work or think or do anything, just draw webcomics.

Happy Labor Day 2016!

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bravo1102 at 6:18PM, Sept. 6, 2016

He who knows cannot explain. He who doesn't know will go on for hours about how one cannot be mindless. The pint is losing yourself in a simple activity not completely ceasing all brain activity. That is called brain dead. Most people do that without thinking. ;-D

VinoMas at 10:36PM, Sept. 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

Banes at 10:51AM, Sept. 5, 2016

Agree with Kam; it's hard to think of a pleasurable activity that is truly mindless. Drawing, or playing music, working out, or meditation would seem to be great choices for revitalizing the mind, though. I took a weekend off work recently, which had been needed for a long time. Watched a lot of YouTube all day, then went to sleep fairly early. The videos engaged my mind though...the extra sleep was glorious and the whole thing refreshed me completely!

KAM at 6:40AM, Sept. 5, 2016

Is it even possible to be mindless? Even vegging out & watching TV will have some mental activity, laughing when you find something funny, getting excited if something exciting happens, or just feeling bored. It would probably be more accurate to say 'you're switching focus to an underutilized part of the brain'. ;-) Like someone who's just walked for two hours sitting down, grabbing some weights and doing arm curls, they're exercising a different set of muscles, ones that aren't aching and screaming from being overused. ;-)

KimLuster at 5:41AM, Sept. 5, 2016

I've tried meditating - I thought about everything in the world while doing so!!

Udyr at 4:21AM, Sept. 5, 2016

Oh dear god, being mindless,I suck at this, I always prior drawing in favour to sleep and i in general get about 4 hours sleep every night because im always working on something comic related. I dont think i will ever get my brain to shut down or not work, I got no tips on how to not doing anything im completely useless. Actually I guess alcohol works since it kind of force you to be a mindless zombie.

irrevenant at 3:45AM, Sept. 5, 2016

I think crocheting and knitting are quite meditative.

ozoneocean at 3:36AM, Sept. 5, 2016

Yeah, taking some time to draw is great. Also taking time for sleep is amazing! Try doing that when you have some time off- just go to bed early like a sick person and laze and dream for hours and hours. Nothing better! It really revitalises you.

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