Updated: 6 days ago
South Africans know exactly what I'm talking about!
For those of you who don't know what load shedding is, we get scheduled power outages every now and then, sometimes more than once a day; so it's nice to have alternative things to do when that happens because obviously now you can't watch Netflix and probably have to deviate from your normal entertainment schedule.
I used to just take a nap or call it a day and go to bed because I felt like I didn't have anything to do when I could no longer surf the net or watch TV. Little did I know, I actually just needed to be a little creative in entertaining myself and it really wasn't that difficult.
If you don't have any idea as to what to do with yourself when load shedding hits, fret not! I have come up with a bunch of stuff you can do whether it hits you at home or at the office, so you don't get bored out of your mind.
25 Things To Do During Load Shedding
Clean out your cupboards and donate or give away any clothing items that you don't wear or that don't fit you anymore
Sort out the laundry you left unattended that's stacking up in the other room
Go through all of your things around the house and find items to give away or donate to charity
Read; depending on the amount of light you have available
In the office, you can sort out the filing
Clear your phone - go through it and delete old texts, images and contacts that you no longer need
Clear out your home or office desk and de-clutter your workspace
Use the time to study and sort out your notes if there's enough light
Workout - do a home workout
Go for a walk or run
Clean the fridge
Grab a pen and paper and work out your budget for the month or
Write - write a story you could one day get published or just write down your thoughts and ideas
Make your grocery list
Chat with your colleagues and get to know them
Have a braai (or a barbeque as they call it in America)
Sort out your diary
Go visit a friend you haven't seen in a while and do some catching up (one who lives in an area not currently without electricity lol)
Make a bonfire outside and bond with your friends and family
Wash the car
Take a long drive and just relax (that's if you're the kind of person who finds driving relaxing)
Play board games or cards with your kids, provided there's sufficient light off course.
Review your goals and take note of how far you've come with them and come up with an action plan to go about attaining them
Take a nap - if you feel like you can't be productive then take a nap and wake up refreshed and ready to work/study when the lights come back on
I'm sure there are a bunch of other ideas you could come up with all you gotta do is be creative and use your imagination.
As inconvenient and annoying as load shedding can be; it's best to make the most of it and not waste time. It's great to have alternative things to do in the meantime to keep productive and busy. It's easy to just decide to go take a nap but since it can happen quite often around here, you can't take a nap every time the power goes out lol. That's counterproductive.
Don't forget to check the schedule for your area so you don't get caught by surprise and you can plan your day accordingly. There are 2 Apps I know of that you can use to check the schedule for your area; EskomSePush (ESP) and Load Shedding Notifier. I prefer the notifier app because it seems to be more accurate to me and both are available to download free (last I checked) from the AppStore/Play Store; whichever your phone has, just go and have a look.
There are rechargeable lights you can purchase to make use of when you unexpectedly find yourself left in the dark. Some offer both solar and electrical charging options. Just make sure to keep them charged.
Don't get left bored in the dark unexpectedly and make the most of your time!
I hope you've found this post useful or at the very least entertaining.
What do you get up to when there's no electricity? Let me know in the comments.