Can you name fifty things that are fun for you? Chances are 'fun' is not the same as when you were twenty years old.
As adults, it seems like our window of fun went from being a giant picture window to one of those slits you see in medieval towers. We lose sight of what fun even is for us. As children, fun was our nature. Now, fun, play and relaxing has become another to-do to schedule in. But better to plan it than to lose fun entirely.
When working with my clients – no matter what they come to coaching for – this topic always comes up early on. They often draw a blank when asked “What’s fun for you?”
While coaching my client Mary Ellen Merrigan, we discovered that she craved more fun (read: more creative play) in her life. She needed regular respite from her PR consulting business.
I sent her off with this homework: Brainstorm a list of 50 fun things. Mary Ellen drafted her list, which led her to start writing in the mornings. She participated in a blog challenge, which had her post daily on her blog.
This practice led to other practices, sparking her creativity and luring her into her studio and back to beading. Not only was she having more fun, it impacted her business. Here’s what Mary Ellen reported:
“It didn’t occur to me that I was lacking permission to be playful until you challenged and encouraged me to approach it from another perspective.
Now, I’ll go into the studio and play with beads, then go work on my blog or a proposal. The studio time injects more creativity into my work and helps me think.
It’s the most amazing shift – both mentally and emotionally. It smoothes out my brain and helps me generate more ideas at work.
I totally enjoy jewelry making and it’s become a source of income. More importantly, in the joy of creative play, I am attracting more clients and am happier overall.”
Mary Ellen’s experience mirrors my other clients who have done this exercise. Making time to play and relax can lead to more productivity and happiness.
Try it: take ten minutes right now to generate a list of fifty fun things to start your summer off right. They don’t have to be expensive or time consuming.
Here are a few from my ever-changing list:
- visits with friends
- inventing stories about Skippy the cat's alternate reality
- riding my bike
- speaking to groups
- playing with color
- taking photos
- singing aloud
- planning trips
- lying in bed reading.
Share your idea of fun in a comment below and spread the fun.