I find it fascinating that twenty years ago people believed they would have more leisure time in the future and computers would be doing all the work.
How wrong could they have been.
Now despite all the gadgets we own, we seem to be working harder, longer and faster.
Just think about email. Twenty years ago someone sent you a letter. It was typed, maybe retyped (because of typos), posted and delivered possibly the next day.
If you were at work you would collect the post, open it and respond. If it was urgent, you would try to make sure your reply was in the post that evening.
With luck and a fair wind it might arrive the next day.
Minimum turnaround would have been three days, now the same action can be completed in minutes.
We can’t change people’s expectations, alter technology or people demanding our time. But what is really important is that we prioritise effectively and make sure we don’t just plan the things we “have to do” but the things “we want to do”. and that includes having some fun.
This is not fun that you feel you have to schedule in for the family – this is something which is fun for you.
It does not matter what it is. It could be a trip to the park, a game with the kids or a long, hot lazy bath.
Having fun does not have to cost anything. It doesn’t mean you need to go somewhere or buy something. It just needs to make you feel good.
Now if you have read this and you know you have a really busy week coming up don’t bin it (figuratively speaking). Fun is something we all need to schedule in as a daily activity. Even if it lasts for just a few minutes.
You will feel better, be happier and be a lot more productive for taking those few minutes out. So make sure you just do it.