We all do it. We work and work and work. Then one day, we feel frazzled, worn out and frustrated. What happened? We’ve been on the right path, putting in hours into creating our dreams, but we don’t feel fulfilled. There’s one big reason for this: we forgot to play.
Yes, play is not only important for children, it’s important for adults too. As a member of the Armed Forces, we’re pretty much forced to participate in R&R. Time off and relaxation are key to creating positive morale and an efficient workplace in the military. This also holds true for any other type of work, especially when you are determined to make your dreams come true. As you create your outline towards your goals, add in “play time” as one of those steps.
Every few weeks, do something that makes you smile. Set aside time to play your favorite video game, go get a pedicure, spend a night out with your friends or give yourself a full spa day at home. You can even take your partner or spouse out on a frugal and fun date.
Go do something great. PLAY.
Now keep in mind that while play is important and necessary, it can easily be overdone. If you find yourself “in da club” every week or that video game controller is getting used almost every night, you need to re-evaluate your motivation. Are you motivated to build or motivated to linger? Your play time should be a catalyst towards wanting to work harder, and your work shouldn’t be done just so you can finally go play. Life doesn’t work that way. The best blessings come from hard work and happiness, so sculpt your everyday presence around doing just that.
What types of things do you love to do as your “play time”? Do you schedule weekly down time for yourself?