A post by the Adaptive Curmudgeon on the topic of downtime set me to thinking, as many of his posts do. Read the whole thing, it's written in his usual amusing style.
My comment set me thinking, and I decided that it warranted being expanded into its own post over here for the few people who appear to stop by occasionally to read my ramblings.
Downtime is necessary but dangerous in excess (as are many things). Too
much and you fall into a lethargic routine every bit as draining as
overwork, which saps you of motivation and capability. I’ve found the
few minutes of mind clearing meditation before martial training to be an
excellent thing. Downtime should be treated similarly, and I’m quite
partial to Eric’s suggestions for tasks to occupy the body and mind
during this meditation.
Eric's suggestion was, for reference, with regards to using Wednesday as a day of rest
Eric Wilner says: