To occasionally mentally detach from everyday drudgery, I revert to some semi-obsessive activities. Love it. Need it.
Here's a list in no particular order:
FaceBook - What are my peeps up to?
Blogging - There are always things to write about or at least to think about writing about.
Thinking about potential blog posts - Writing posts in my head, most of which never make it.
Reading Blogs - I have a huge list. I have a short list of favorites that I read in sequence. An A list, a B list, a list of blogs I'd like to read if I have time and want to explore...
Reading the Comics - Either paper or online. Again, I have my list of about five favorites, and they update either daily or a few times per week.
Blip - My new find. Create your own radio! Listen to other's broadcast picks! Waste hours of time tracking down that obscure song you remember from college!
Twitter - Good for a few seconds at a time.
Working word puzzles. - I'm especially fond of the word scramble where you have to break the code. Feeds my high-verbal brain.
Read - This is so common, I almost forgot it! I read alla the time. Newspaper and novels, mostly. Some internet essays of course.
Photography & Photoshop - These really need to be separate. I can indulge in finding unusual compositions with just a camera in hand and a few minutes. Photoshop is a huge time suck! But satisfyingly mind-numbing if necessary.
What I'd like to do more of. These all require a little more planning and preparation, but still worthy of some escapism.
Sewing - I have a couple quilting projects in progress, a few curtains to make and some clothes to mend.
Painting/Drawing - Images in mind. I need to get them down before they go away.
Modeling clay - Love this oven bake sculpty stuff. Oh, the possibilities. Of course, I can't just use it straight out of the box; have to alter it create something closer to my vision, sometimes.
Dancing - I have been missing dancing. We've just started going back regularly.
Now maybe I'll.... mmm check twitter again, yeah, before doing something productive.