If want to get more done, you’ve got to have a little fun. This super habit might seem counterintuitive at first. In today’s culture we tend to focus on work and productivity. However, play might just be one of the strongest super habits on the list.
We’ve discussed the definition of a super habit in earlier posts. Here’s a quick review:
A super habit is a habit that maximizes your effectiveness and efficiency. – Dan Erickson
Several studies have been conducted about the power of play. Talk about a super habit, play accomplishes much more than first meets the eye.
Discovering the Power of Fun
- Creative benefits: You might not think you’re getting much accomplished when you take a day off to go have fun. That mindset couldn’t be further from the truth. When we play, we are stimulating our cognitive development. In a culture that focuses on work, having fun will actually promote creativity. Great business leaders understand this concept and make play part of their corporate culture. The end result is greater creativity and productivity.
- Physical benefits: Not all play is physical. I have lots of fun creating music on an iPad, but it’s no workout. However, tossing horseshoes in my backyard is physical. Whether it’s a quick game of basketball or frisbee on the beach, play can help to keep you in shape.
- Emotional benefits: When we play we can release pent up emotional baggage. Play allows you to decompress and let go. When children play, it increases their self-confidence and self-esteem. They experiment with emotions, allowing them to develop a strong emotional persona. We can “play out” our fears and anxieties. We develop a stronger sense of self when we have fun.
- Social benefits: Play is often practiced in groups. When we play together, we learn how to work together. We have to practice sharing and inclusion. We learn how to compliment and appreciate others. Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Want to Learn More About Fun and Play?
If you want to learn more about the power of having fun, there are several Ted Talks on the subject. Here’s an interesting talk by Dr. Stuart Brown. He focuses on the fact that adults often forget to play. However, adults should play. Watch and learn why.
I encourage you to take some time this week to have some fun. In fact, you should make a point to play on a regular basis. It will actually lead you to getting more done in the end.
I’ll be posting more super habits over many months to come. Keep checking back.