By this point in the week, you may feel a little less creative, a little less free-flowing. Business has a way of turning us into robots that putter from meeting to neverending meeting.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Even Richard Branson, one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, makes time for fun during the business week. In fact, it’s the way he’s able to make business fun that has separated him from so many of his peers.
“People ask ‘why don’t you have some fun now?’ but they’re missing the point… Fun is the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret to Virgin’s success.”
Branson doesn’t just work for work’s sake. He likes to solve challenging, fun problems.
If we don’t work on it intentionally, we can easily get into a rut where we define “work” time and “fun” time – and the work bucket looks about 10X the size of fun. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Try opening up a meeting with a little humor. Spend time getting to know your team and clients personally, rather than only as a business sense. Try to solve problems creatively. Laugh at yourself from time to time.
It’s counterintuitive, but the more fun you have, the better your work will be.