Remember when it seemed like all you did was play? Particularly in the summer months when schoolwork didn’t interfere with all the fun you had every day with your friends. Or even on your own. Of course there were times when you were bored, but mostly, you found something creative to do.
Today, let’s tap back into those memories and figure out how to bring more play into your adult life.
Here we go….
- Recognize the play you already have in your life and be sure that it is made the priority it should be. Don’t let this stuff fall off the schedule.
- Identify a new activity you’d like to add to your calendar. Learn a new instrument. Join a group exercise class. Find an instructor to teach you to knit or to carve wood or to fence. Buy a kayak. Whatever it is that you’ve been thinking you’d like to do and haven’t. Yet.
- Bonus points if the above item helps balance out how you spend your time at work. Do you spend every moment with people all day long? Play on your own. Are your days filled with strategic planning and seeing the big picture? You’ll find balance from an activity that focuses on detail.
- Right now, go to your calendar and add an hour of play into next week. For American readers, this should be EASY given that next week has one of our most playful holidays in it.
Now that I think of it, maybe that’s why I love Independence Day so much – because it really is a time to gather with friends and family to play and to celebrate the incredible freedom we have. I hope you are able to do just that.
Enjoy! And I will see you back here after the holiday….