Downtime: What I do Offline to Recharge

Most of you know me from my online presence as a blogger, webinar host, eLearning producer or through social media. My online presence is so persistent that it leads some people to think that my entire professional life is online. That’s not true, of course. My core business is actually delivering keynotes at conferences and conventions and conducting customer service training for some pretty cool clients.  But still, I do spend a lot of time online.

So how do I spend my downtime? How do I recharge when I’m offline? Many ways actually. For starters, I limit my work hours. My workday ends at 2:10 pm when I leave to pick up my son from school. Three times a week I break away mid-morning to go for a run. My runs energize me and jump-start my creativity. Several times a month I meet with girlfriends over breakfast or lunch just to reconnect and recharge.

After work hours I stay happily busy cooking for my family, helping my kids with homework and attending my kid’s football and basketball games. My passion is photography. Photography gets my creative spirit flowing and it completely de-stresses me. (If you’re interested, you can check out some of my images on my Flickr.) When I have downtime in the evenings, I love to sit down with a good book and a glass of merlot. Right now I’m reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and the Zappos Experience by Joseph Michelli.

I enjoy my time online, but I love my life offline. Work life balance is critically important to me. So I make a point to recharge in wonderfully refreshing ways. Now let me ask you the question I’ve just answered in this blog post: What do you do offline to recharge? How do you achieve work life balance?