Every week I meet with my friend Candice to talk business. It's part of a class I'm in, but she's a class act and one helluva listener. Candice picked up on how much value I put on achieving goals and top notch performance.
We just read Mastery, by George Leonard. It discusses how masters enjoy practicing for practice's sake. It's not a means to an end; it's just the end.
Sweet Candice challenge me to make it a fun Monday. A Funday, if you will. I had to craft a day where, sure, I should do the work that needs to get done, but the day had to be fun and fulfilling.
I didn't realize how life giving the simple challenge would be. I woke up earlier than usual because I was excited to play. I cleaned, cooked for the week and watched a few TED Talks. I made a potato stamp because WHY NOT? (And because my new Flannery O'Connor book of cartoons inspired me to make a poor man's lithograph.)
Then at 9, I worked. And I enjoyed it. Once I completed my must-do tasks, I treated myself to Medici (coffee shop) for unlimited doodle time. Later I worked on a side project. After that? I had the nerve to read!
I was no less productive than any other day (especially the ones where I feel so overwhelmed I don't do anything). It wasn't the most productive day, but guess what! I'm sitting here four days later blogging about it. It's like people who watch the Kardashians but complain about their fame. It's the exact same thing.
How do you make your work days FUN? What are your little treats and rewards?
how to make a classy and sassy potato stamp: 1) buy potato 2) carve design into it (it, being the potato) 3) stamp (the potato) onto ink pad or paint 4) mark up your walls (with said potato.)