There is a lot of standing around and doing nothing in the darkroom. One minute for this tray, two minutes for that tray. The forced nothingness is my favorite part of the darkroom.
Often I use those spare minutes to write important stuff. Stuff like to-do lists, budgets, meal planning, journaling etc.Sometimes I read tech sheets or photography books or look up stories and rhymes for my other job. Yes I do that under red light, it's fine as long as I don't use a red or orange pen. ;)
Today I did a full day in the dark and during the stand around parts I did nothing important at all. I played with my music, I played with my kids camera. I danced. I sang. It was very stressful.
It energized me. I need to play with photography more. A lot more. I do love it. Even the mistakes. Especially the mistakes.