Life is filled with time-consuming, exhausting commitments. Between your numerous responsibilities, sometimes it can feel like life is pulling you in a million different directions. And you just can’t keep up.
When you talk about boosting productivity and improving work performance, the tools and strategies—while helpful!—aren’t always fun. In fact, they can even be frustrating. While there are some people who truly enjoy organizing their desk or making to-do lists, boosting productivity can seem like a chore—even if it ends up being life-changing in the long run. However, there’s at least one way of boosting productivity that is downright FUN and RELAXING! Curious what it is?
I blink and the day is over.
Creativity and problem solving do not flow from overwhelmed, mentally depleted, physically exhausted people. By aligning people and performance management to output, employees are reduced to automatons – ignoring that it is their humanity that ignites the creative spark that leads to innovation.
Almost immediately upon growing into a cultural phenomenon and trending, conversation starter, the concept of work-life balance shifted out of balance.
Where are you working right now? On your sofa? In a coffee shop with your earbuds in? From your tablet on an outdoor patio? If you work virtually—that is, "telecommute"—you're part of a fast-growing trend in the modern workforce. But like any new working practice, making telecommuting part of your usual routine takes some discipline and diligence.
When children are young, they're playful, unself-conscious, and uninhibited. That's one reason why they're such fast and voracious learners, constantly seeking out new experiences to engage their minds and imaginations. In that sense, play is productive for kids. As grownups facing bulging inboxes, overflowing calendars, and a whole range of adult responsibilities, playing around isn't something we do much of, to say the least. But new research is tapping into the relationships between play, performance, and productivity—and showing us there may be real value to taking a break from our work to, well, go out and play.