Productivity and time for fun
It is astonishing that thirty years ago people believed they would have more leisure time in the future and computers would be doing all the work.
How wrong could these predictions have been.
Now despite all the gadgets we own, we seem to be working harder, longer and faster. And when we get home there is so much to stuff to do too.
One small example is email. Thirty years ago someone sent you a letter. It was typed, maybe retyped (because of typos), and finally posted. The earliest it would have been delivered was 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. The minimum turnaround would have been three days, now the same action can be completed in minutes.
Schedule it in
Life has speeded up. The time between work and home life is blurred and the expectations that we often put on ourselves – and frin others can mean that we never seem to get some proper quality downtime. We can’t change people’s expectations, alter technology or people’s demands.. 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 making time for fun.
Making time for fun – proper authentic fun. This may be with your family or something that you find enjoyable.
Fun comes in many shapes and sizes
It does not matter what the fun is. The important thing is that it is something YOU find fun. It could be a game with the kids or a long, hot lazy bath.
Making time for 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 happy.
Now if you have read this and know you have a really busy week coming up, that is all the more reason that you should make time for fun. Fun is good for your mental health and physical health. You will feel better, be happier and be a lot more productive for taking those few minutes out. So make sure you make a habit of making time for fun and whatever makes you feel good.
Goal for the Week
Find time to have fun every day for the next seven days. It does not matter whether it is for five minutes or an hour or two. It just has to be something YOU find fun.
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