Today I was cleaning out my files when I came across an interesting article written by Norman Lobsenz on Making Room for Play. Basically the article’s premise was that Americans believe they must always be doing something productive. And that we do not leave much time for our brains and bodies to recuperate.
To make leisure time more fun, the experts suggest the following:
- Find New Playmates – Spending most of our leisure time with the same group of friends usually results in doing the same routine things. Break that pattern by reaching out to new acquaintances and fresh activities.
- Don’t Turn Play into Work – Instead of turning hobbies and sports into serious tasks, look at these activities as something to be enjoyed. The key is to stay in the moment and nurture your childlike wonder.
- Expand Your Leisure Horizons – Set aside one day each month to try something different. If you usually work with watercolor paints, try sculpting with Creative Paper Clay instead. If you don’t enjoy it then you only risked a bit of time and the cost of the clay. But if you do enjoy it, you’ve opened up new avenues of creativity.
- Do What You Really Like Doing - Play time should not be focused on "what you should do.” Enhance your leisure time with pleasant pursuits.
- Don’t Rule Out an Activity because You’re a Novice. Pursuing new activities can refresh your spirit and be just as pleasurable at the beginner level.
How will you make room for Play?