4 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom

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My July is dedicated to finishing MathTacular4.

Whether I meet that goal or not has yet to be seen.

The point: I'm not going to be bored this month. At least, not while here at work. But once I get home, things slow down. My brain is fried so I don't feel like doing anything. But the evening stretches on, so I have to find something to do. Sometimes the thought passes through my mind: Maybe I should just stay at Sonlight a while longer at get further on MathTacular...

Brittany wouldn't be okay with that. So, I head home, and lounge around. Sometimes, I'll admit, I feel bored. Or lethargic. Or both.

So here are four ways I plan to beat my summer boredom:

  1. Start a Project
    The "brown paper bag floor" test turned out so great we're going to do the rest of the basement area with it. That means I need to tear and crumple a ton of paper so Brittany can glue it down. Nothing like a mindless task while vegging out to a documentary, podcast or movie.
  2. Go for a Walk
    I know physical activity does not sound like fun at the end of the day. But a nice comfortable walk with someone you love can be very nice. Especially if you've been cooped up inside all day.
  3. Read
    Have a few Read-Alouds left over from one of your Sonlight programs? Now would be a great time to gather round and read. If you're not feeling up to it, get someone else in the family to do the reading. Great books are a fantastic way to spend your time together.
  4. Watch Something
    There are a many fantastic documentaries and educational videos that are well worth watching. But I don't always feel in the mood for that. So, frequently, you can catch me watching something frivolous and fun. And I'm okay with that. I also sometimes watch my wife or best friend carry out some incredible conquest in their favorite game. If you're not a gamer but have children who are, try watching over their shoulder. You may still decide that EverWorld of Halo Theft Fantasy Gears Island VII isn't for you, but I've discovered I enjoy watching skilled gamers in their element. You may also discover a new point of connection. The great part about this suggestion: It fits in nicely with #1.

What do you do for fun over the summer when you're fried at the end of the day?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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