‘This is the secret of real life, to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now and instead of calling it work, realise it is play’. – Alan Watts
On Tuesday I wrote a post about ways to balance your work and home life while working from home. I talked about ‘working smarter’ by scheduling work blocks on your calendar, staying off your phone ;), single tasking and taking breaks. This is how I have always approached my work-at-home time in the past while working for others and it has always worked quite well. However, my current mindset is changing and my ideas around what IS work and what IS NOT work are rapidly changing!
I am finding that I love what I currently do SO MUCH that I want to do it all of the time, it is addictive! Which is how it should be when you find the work that is your play!
WHEN YOUR WORK IS YOUR PLAY EVERYTHING SHIFTS:
1. You don’t need to schedule ‘work time’ on your calendar because any time available is fair game for ‘work-play’ time.
2. You don’t need to stay off your phone because your phone is where you network and get-things-done in ‘work-play’ time.
3. You don’t need to single task because EVERY SINGLE MINUTE throughout your day is an opportunity:
– To grab inspiration when it strikes.
– To write down an important idea.
– To create something beautiful.
4. You don’t need to ‘take breaks’ because ‘work-play’ time IS your break.
The work that feels like play fills you up and should fill your every waking minute. Your work is your play and your play is your life.
Everyone is different. ‘Work-play’ is going to feel different for everyone. How do you find the work that feels like play?
1. Try everything! Try lots of things, don’t worry about failing! How do you know if you are good at something until you try it? If you try it and you suck, but you absolutely love it – don’t give up! Keep doing it until you get better at it.
2. The work that you love is what fills you up and fills your heart. If your work is constantly draining you of mental energy it is not the right job for you!
3. Let go of limiting mindsets around what is work and what isn’t work. In my head work is something that you do at a computer, in an office for a set time and I really need to let this mentality go!!
4. Also let go of other peoples expectations for you and don’t worry about what other people think! Just do what you love!
Does your work feel like play? If not – which shift will you make to try and get there?