It was a gorgeous, sunny day here today. OK, a bit windy and maybe on the chilly side. But still, gorgeous. I wanted to read on the balcony, maybe take a slower walk to get the kink out of my knee. But there was work to do. If nothing else, I am a “work first, play later” person.
Checking items of the to-do list makes me feel strong and powerful. I’m getting work done! And I did. And when I was ready to relax, the sun was on the way behind the horizon, it was Sunday night, and I still have a big chunk of list for tomorrow.
Sometimes a small machine in my head acts as if I will hit a magic end to the work, a big trumpet will sound and satisfaction will pour into my heart as money pours into my hands.
Yes, there is satisfaction in getting work done well, but there is a necessity for play in life, too. Play is more than goofing off. It is giving your brain a rest and your subconscious a chance to chew at ideas and creative play. That didn’t happen today. And I’ll regret it. Already am regretting it.
Maybe the only way I can get time to play is put it on the to-do list. It’s that important.
–Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach, writer, and a trainer who develops writing programs for businesses. She teaches them, too.