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Suggestions on time-fillers

June 25, 2015

Hi all -- just as the title states, I'm looking for time-fillers that are good for self-betterment. The upside to my situation is that I'm young, making bank, and live within five minutes of work, so my commute is essentially non-existent. The down? Well, there's not much to do in my area. It's all business-y, so younger kids like myself (23 by the way) aren't around much.

I play soccer in a rec league with the high schoolers and adults who still play. It's fun, great workout, etc. That's MWF. All other days, I'm in the gym. Another downside is that the only gym in the area is a Planet Fitness, but I'm making that work.

Even after gym/soccer, there's still two or three hours that I spend watching TV or playing video games. I'm exhausted physically, but feel like I can be doing something to make me sharper.

I've limited my TV watching to the Science Channel and Comedy Central, and limited my gaming to Rocksmith, trying to pick the guitar back up.

Any other suggestions? Before someone suggests reading, I really can't get into it. Not unless it's an article about something I enjoy. I've been debating getting my pilot's license, taking some aggressive driving courses, vocal training, but none of that is local, more of a weekend thing.

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Title Suggestions on time-fillers
Author Sketti-Os
Upvotes 9
Comments 16
Date June 25, 2015 1:57 PM UTC (7 years ago)
Subreddit /r/askTRP
Archive Link https://theredarchive.com/r/askTRP/suggestions-on-time-fillers.150447
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/asktrp/comments/3b2ne9/suggestions_on_timefillers/

[–]Senior EndorsedVasiliyZaitzev4 points5 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

My two favorites:

  1. Learn a language. Sure, it may not be perfect learning off of a CD, but you should be able to build a foundation. Also it sounds like you're in a city, so look for night classes in your area. Then, when you go on vacation to somewhere the girls speak Spanish, Portuguese or Russian, it will be easier to SLAY.

  2. Learn to play an instrument. Play for an hour a day. You will get better. Probably have to start off taking some lessons, but eventually you will be able to go off on your own. When I lived in a flat, I used a "bass trainer" with earphones, so I didn't disturb my neighbors.

Anyway, those are my two. I have been a musician from my teenage years and, for me, the hours I spend playing and performing music are Pure Joy.

[–]Sketti-Os[S] 2 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

Oh man, these are two good ones. One problem -- I'm already doing both of these! Trying to, anyway.

So Rocksmith, if you haven't heard of it, is like Guitar Hero, but with an actual guitar. It was so fun for a while, but it's starting to stale out.

I start my mornings at work with a 20-minute Pimsleur German audio lesson.

PS: Badass username. My history professor went on class-long rants about him.

[–]dreckmal1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Learn to code. Also, lift.

[–]Sketti-Os[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Coding would be great...if that wasn't my job :P

I'm a systems engineer and developer, so after coding all day, that's the last thing I want to do in downtime. I've tried writing Android apps, but my heart's not in it after work.

[–]Senior EndorsedVasiliyZaitzev0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

LOL. Maybe you're just too cool for school already!

[–]Senior EndorsedVasiliyZaitzev0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Ok. I am not a gamer (NTTAWWT) so had no idea what Rocksmith was.

You might try adding keys. It's the foundation for everything, after all.

Why German? I'd say Russ/Porto/Span to make foreign lays easier, or French b/c French just naturally makes girls wet.

[–]TheBadGod3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Running Running Running.

I was talking to a buddy of mine last night and we were talking about this very thing.

He passes the time by putting one foot in front of the other and just going. I'm a walker myself, so I felt a bit of envy, but hell, running is just faster, high impact walking isn't it?

Anyway, there's something about moving on my own power that brings me back to nature, or some such nonsense.

[–]JackGoldsteinWrites4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

  1. Stretching / flexibility work. Good for passing time, can bring it anywhere with you. Keeps you young.
  2. Meditation. Learn to live by "just being". Many of us can not simply "be". We lost this ability.
  3. More sleep. we would all use more.

Don't forget, though, we all need downtime. Even the guys who get super ambitious and decide to self-improve every waking minute end up imploding / crashing / burning. It's about balance and consistency.

[–]Sketti-Os[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

The meditation sounds good. A little tough with roomates and all, but I could definitely find a nice quiet spot and "be". I'll have to look up the details on how.

[–]captshady1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

If you're learning guitar, find some people to jam with. Maybe start a band.

[–]throwaway320_1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I love Rocksmith. Be sure to get custom songs/DLC for it. The DLC is easily pirated.

Rocksmith barely teaches you any music theory. Maybe pick up a book about it, learn to read sheetmusic or pick up the keyboard?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

As a way to aid your health while also exercising, pick up cooking. People say that "women belong in the kitchen", but the best chefs in the world are men.

You're going to screw up a lot of dishes, even when you do something simple (I made some homemade ketchup last night and it tastes like spicy piss), but that's just the learning process in anything. Afterwards, you have to clean up. Kills time and makes one hell of a meal!

[–]RPthrowaway1231 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. I still play some video games, maybe a round of DotA with my high school friends to stay in touch, or a city building simulation which is fun and keeps the brain sharp. There's no harm in it as long as it doesn't take over your life.

[–]my_very_1st_throw0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

You should try reading, even though you said it's tough to get into. Try and find stuff related to your profession maybe, that'd help you perform that better. Also, biographies.

The aggressive driving course sounds fun.

[–]iDontKnowMyself0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Take online courses in your areas of interest. Lots have videos you can watch and take a quiz afterwards. www.coursera.com

[–]somethingofvalue0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I'm exhausted physically, but feel like I can be doing something to make me sharper.

This isn't uncommon. You worked all day then worked out or played soccer. You're spent but it isn't time to sleep yet. Already some good suggestions. Honestly once you add in cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. and going out with friends occasionally I don't want to do much else myself. Reading is a great low energy weekday evening activity. There is a lot of fiction out there, I'm sure you can find something to get into.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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