How I Schedule "Fun Time" Into Every Day
Last Update: Jun 5, 2023
Hi, WA Friends!
For something a little different, here's a look at the "Rock Doc Method" for preventing work overload and burnout.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, the harder you work, the more you need this! Nobody is a machine, and even machines can break down.
I could write books about this, but I'll make it simple and break my thinking down into several parts.
Ok, so it's time to reveal my magic technique for putting a little fun into every day! Are you ready?
Defining How You Have Fun
The first thing to do is define your "fun group." It might be your significant other, husband, wife, children, extended family, friends, pet, etc.
Who do you enjoy spending time with to do the things you like? Maybe you enjoy having fun by yourself. Whatever, the important thing is to figure it out!
Organizing Your Schedule
I find using a digital calendar works best, but any method is ok. Write it in a schedule, which makes it real instead of just a passing thought! Once you make it "official" and share it with someone, you're much more likely to do it!
My wife and I share a Google calendar, to which we are constantly adding fun activities that we work-in around our daily commitments. The busier you are, the more important it is to be organized.
We have "impromptu" fun activities, like dining out or traveling, and "routine" (recurring) fun activities, like playing music and watching movies together.
We look about one month ahead and add things we enjoy to most days.
As each month begins, we try to find ways to fit them in around the time-sensitive events of each day.
I set up each fun event to send me a push notification a few days in advance so that I can make any necessary plans and adjustments to my schedule ahead of time.
Don't Give Up Your FunTime!
This is one of the biggest mistakes I see people make.
If one fun activity doesn't work out, we always try to replace it with something on that day that takes less time or can happen at a different time in our schedule.
If you give up your fun time because of scheduling conflicts, you might end up back on the "boring and tedious" treadmill of life! So make it more the exception than the rule!
Enjoyment Can Make Work More Efficient!
I'm constantly reading about how important it is to create content writing schedules, etc., to keep us productive, but it's just as important to consider the other side of that concept.
There's nothing like a little break to do the fun things we enjoy or take a little "Me Time" to relax and recharge our batteries!
You'll find that when you return to your work, you'll be refreshed and ready to look at things from a more positive and innovative point of view.
Lose The Guilt!
It's ok to have fun; nothing bad will happen; if it's good, clean, healthy fun.
Feeling guilty about having fun can stop you from ever having it! Feeling guilty after you have fun can stop you from doing it again!
Remember, life is about balance, so be organized and "work hard, play hard!"
Life Can Be Shorter Than You Think!
It's important not to let life pass us by with "all work and no play!" Sure, making money is important, but don't let yourself become a casualty of that thinking because the harder we work, the quicker life seems to leave us behind!
Create a plan to make your dreams a reality, or you may find that "tomorrow never comes!"
Certain things can become unrealistic or lose their luster as we age. Remember, the older we get, the more important the precious memories we create can become!
Want Proof That It Works?
I've used this method since I was in college, way back in the 1970s, and it never stopped me from accomplishing all my goals in life.
I've been through more education than most people, with a Bachelors's in Chemistry, two Master's degrees in Biomedical Engineering & Healthcare Informatics, and a Doctorate in Medicine. Those were fun years because I used my magic scheduling technique!
Oh, did I mention I have a Ph.D. in mixing work with fun? Lol, You don't have to be smart to add the fun; you just have to be very flexible and organized!
I've used this scheduling method throughout the years, even when I was seeing patients full-time in the office and hospital seven days a week for forty years!
So, let me know what you think in the comments, and tell me how you schedule your fun time.
Rock On! 🤘
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