There are many different ways of coping with lack of DSR. One of them is simply not to pay heed (damn difficult to do many times); another method is to improve oneself. I have come up with a method of coping that, although still in its formative and experimental stages, seems to have helped my situation. It's kind of farfetched, though.
I am big on improving oneself, and this method I have been implementing for the past few weeks has kept me not only occupied, but it “improves” me as well, making me more multi-facetted if nothing else.
In my advanced placement world history class of high school, we were taught a technique for assessing the contributions and characteristics of civilizations. I have not again heard of this technique (despite taking two college-level history courses), but it has stuck with me ever since. PERSIA (Political, Economic, Religious, Social, Intellectual, Artistic)
What I have done as one among many coping mechanisms is to set aside one day of the week for the betterment of myself in a certain area (i.e. Monday: Political, Tuesday: Economic…Saturday: Artistic, Sunday: Rest and review). For others, if you employ a similar structure, you can tailor each day to your personal likes and wants. Keep in mind I already have a busy schedule, so what I list is quick and usually takes not much time, but can leave you with a great feeling afterward. Here is a sample of one of my weeks:
Monday (Political…in my house, politics is decided partly on who makes dad happy
, so I do special chores around the house): Wash the door frames and repaint.
Tuesday (Economics…job hunting): Not limited to computer applications. I actually walk into the place of prospective employment sometimes and inquire of openings.
Wednesday (Religious…having lost much of a sense of religion, I instead use this to deeply appreciate nature): Read a book outside. Prune the tree branches.
Thursday (Social…anything that contributes to who you are as a person…or, put another way, something to fuel conversation): I am pursuing a CHL. I’ve contacted the instructor and hope to have one soon.
Friday (Intellectual…for those still in school, this maybe more difficult or easy): I started reading up on my old research interests in the interest of publishing a research article.
Saturday (Artistic…one of my favorites, do something that you love artistically like painting, drawing, music, etc.): I usually write copiously on this day. I need to take back my old drawing habits though.
Sunday: Rest, look back on the week and look forward to the next.
This has nothing to do with DSR, but I hope it sends home a certain message. If any of you improve yourself with this idea, directly or indirectly, I will have succeeded. The point is to help keep one occupied and, at the same time, “improve” oneself. Keeping a balance between diversity to keep one interested but formulaic enough to make one form a habit (and thus improve more greatly) may help in coping with lack of DSR. Hope this helps!