"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." That's a phrase most of us are familiar with, and by the way, the same goes for all the Jills of the world too. If you're slipping into the category of working more but enjoying it less, then it is time to make certain aspects of your job more enjoyable. Feeling dull is not good for the soul.
In a previous Life Formula post I stated I try to allocate one-third of my life to work, one-third to rest and one-third to play. There is planned overlapping and sometimes an activity falls into the trilogy category. At those moments there is real bliss and harmony in knowing I'm not clocking in or out of a life category, but enjoying my life in the present moment.
Work is defined as, "Sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result." It takes much effort to achieve real estate results today. It stand to reason if we exert intense effort for eight hours then we need an equal amount of time to rest and recover before we can return refreshed and ready to suit up for another day in the trenches.
A few ways to incorporate pleasure/play and rest during the work day:
1) Music is a great stress reliever; it plays softly in the background all day at my office.
2) Move away from the computer screen; too many hours staring at a monitor creates eye, neck and shoulder strain. A recent news report said hours hunched over a keyboard can shorten your life.
3) Stand up and stretch; take water, restroom or mini sunshine and fresh air breaks throughout the day.
4) No time for exercise? Incorporate more steps into your workday by parking a half block away from homes you are previewing and errand stops. The extra surge of blood to the brain will increase your energy and problem solving abilities. You will accomplish more with less effort and time. Think of exercise as a time saver, not a time waster.
5) Take a time out; a 15 minutes rest will clear the mind and refresh the body. I keep a yoga mat at the office, in my car and at home. After a few stretches and meditation or a nap I'm recharged and ready to return to work. On days when I must move from my day at the office to an evening function with seamless effort those minutes on the mat are priceless.
6) Add a new element of challenge and risk. Routine can become boring. Take on a new challenge, do something outside your comfort zone. This is a great way to start your creative juices flowing. Robotic work is dull. Dare to fail.
We can make work less stressful by adding a few pleasurable and restful moments during our hours on the job. Work does not need to be drudgery, nor do we need to become "dull" while engaged in our chosen method of making a living.