creative time wasting — top 10 ways to do it

Having established that (judicious) time wasting can be a good thing, let me offer the following ten suggestions for how to waste your time creatively:

  1. Pray
  2. Hang out with a friend
  3. Spend time with someone who’s sick or in need
  4. Celebrate
  5. Surprise someone you love
  6. Put aside your own concerns and listen to someone else
  7. Sing
  8. Teach someone something (anything)
  9. Get together with some of God’s people
  10. Paint a picture, write a poem, etc

You’ll no doubt have noticed a number of things about this list. First, almost all of these activities can easily be debased, becoming either ‘uncreative’ ways of wasting time or being pressed into the service of some supposedly ‘productive’ agenda. Second, each of them can feel (paradoxically perhaps) an awful lot like hard work. Third, since it springs from my very limited imagination, it’s by no means exhaustive — please feel free to add your own suggestions…



    1. Totally. I’d love to include “Make a coffee or tea” too — as long as it’s done one of the old fashioned ways, requiring a degree of process and patience.

  1. This could actually fit into the context of any one of your 10 suggestions – but I’d add ‘tell a story’. Or listen to one.

  2. re: point 8.

    Thanks teaching me how to waste time, but I’m afraid that you just wasted your time.

    my addition: find ways to say ‘thank you’.

    1. Thank-you, Leo. That’s a great idea!

      Also, be brave and tell someone they did something well. Get specific about what you admired and how it was helpful — then they’ll know it’s more than just a platitude, you were really paying attention.

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