Fun Up Your Sleeve

Fun Up Your Sleeve

I know you can’t afford to take a break right now. Why? Because you’re too occupied with your official obligations. At times we know there’s a better way to do things, but we’re just so busy we don’t even think we have the time to find it – so we keep going with the flow. 

I was an execrably serious employee, with a severe case of perfectionism. While other employees were chilling and enjoying, I used to worry over problems that were actually out of my control. But learning to have a poised professional and personal life was an amazing and challenging journey for me. 

That’s how I saw things. I discovered the power of taking breaks at work. They made me happier, more devoted, and more productive - and I bet they can do the same for you, whether you’re in the corner office or a cubicle.

Having the blues?
Office worker beware: long periods of sitting at your desk may be a killer. You’re sitting down at work on a Monday morning thinking about the jobs you have not done. You can’t believe the holidays have come and gone. Has your sense of humour gone and taken away your smirk? So you must tell yourself you’ve got to have some fun. You should better go and find it because you’ll need it to be just fine. 

Most of us spend the majority of our day at our desks, gazing at our computer screens. As you might think, it’s not so great for our neck, eyes or just about anything. But for some reason, most of us are culpable of not taking enough breaks at work (or any at all) - which is inopportune. Breaks, even five-minute-long ones, are one of the best things you can do during your workday, no matter what line of work you’re in. And, taking time to in fact eat your lunch away from your workspace? Well, that’s even better.

Have a fun attitude
The word ‘fun’ may scare the daylights of many bosses, as it could be perceived as a provocation to give messing around greater precedence than actually doing work. It can give your employer the heebie-jeebies. Now let’s get on to the good stuff; here are some of my best ideas to regulate your outlook, have a little fun, and love the life you have today. 

But before proceeding, it must be said that I’m not advocating that workplaces be turned into a playground. There is a time for play and a time to work hard. You need to get the balance right6 and make certain that you build in some fun time that is appropriate and not off-putting from core business.

The first step towards having fun in the workplace is to take yourself to a Land Far, Far Away? What I hear you ask. Let me describe clearly. To have fun at work you need to fulfil the: Fun Attitude Requirement, i.e. Be in the mood for some fun. Fun Ammunition Requirement, i.e. have some ‘fun up your sleeve.’

Have a fun attitude. The fun attitude is up to you - go to work like a dog with two tails and some spring in your step in the eagerness of what fun you might have with customers and colleagues. When I talk about fun at work, I don’t essentially mean ‘playtime’ where everyone skips out into the yard and plays a game but instead just implementing some different (not essentially work linked) activities into the working week can help keep stress levels down. For that reason, you will need to look beyond jazzing up your everyday tasks and spotlight on other areas as a substitute, such as adding a more social structure in place. Still, you may also be able to instil some fun into other aspects of daily operations too. 

You may be an elderly individual or a young guy – it doesn’t really matter! Trust me. What does matter is that you know what you want to change your professional life for the better?

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