Pam Thomas loves encouraging others to bring their own flavor to the recipes called Life and Business. She has over a decade of experience in helping others stand up and out in positive ways personally and professionally.
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When was the last time you had some fun?
If it’s been awhile, you’re not alone.
As I alluded in my last post, fun had recently gone MIA from my world while a whole lot of serious had taken its place. With serious as my sidekick I had very little energy, my creative juices had slowed to a trickle, and my attitude sucked lemons. (Honestly, I don’t blame fun for having gone missing. I wouldn’t have wanted to hang out with me either.)
You know what I think the problem is when it comes to cutting loose and enjoying a bit of play?
It’s our perception that has become a problem.
We can’t have fun until all our work is done.
We can’t have fun until the chores are taken care of.
We can’t have fun until…until…until…
If I had a dime for every time one of my clients, friends, or even I’ve said, “I’ve got so much to do. I don’t have time.” I’d be a wealthy woman. I think we’ve gotten caught up in the notion that as adults we have to be responsible ALL THE FRICKING TIME. Maybe we’ve forgotten how important consistent fun is to our own mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Here’s something to ponder, my friends…
Fun does not equate to irresponsibility and anyone who tells you differently is full of shit!
Want to find your purpose or your passion? Stop trying so hard and have some fun.
Want to cure yourself of a bad case of lifesucks-itis? Have some fun.
Want to alleviate stress? You guessed it, have some fun.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time that we stop starving ourselves of something that feeds our creativity, our energy levels, and our brains. And to stop the starvation, I’d like to offer you a few tips for infusing some more fun into your weekly or daily repertoire. Tips that I’m going to employ myself!
Tip #1: Look for some white space in your schedule and use it for fun. Ten minutes of fun is better than none at all.
Tip #2: Form an accountability team. Yep, that’s right, ask some people to hold you accountable for having some playtime. Hells bells invite them to join you. Playgroups aren’t just for kids you know?!
Tip #3: Make a list of things that you consider enjoyable so that you have some no-brainer options to choose from.
Tip #4: Watch for the excuses. Excuses are a buzz kill.
Tip #5: If you have kids in your world, follow their lead. Kids have no troubles having fun and they can serve as great role models.
Tip #6: Don’t let others rain on your parade or define fun for you. Maybe you think underwater basket weaving is entertaining, but your wife or husband thinks it’s silly. No worries. Weave your little heart out, because your significant other will benefit from you doing what you enjoy!
Tip #7: Create a drawer where you can keep some “instant fun”, for example, coloring books, jacks, Play-Doh, crossword puzzles.
On Your Marks, Get Set, Play…
Whatever you do to ensure that you’re having more fun, please do. And while you’re at it, share this with someone else so they too can jump on the fun bandwagon! What a cooler place the world would be if we were all doing something enjoyable on a consistent basis.
Until next time, I’m off to get my F.U.N. on.
Much love and light to you all,