Would you ever consider keeping a classroom of 2nd graders in school for 6 hours without recess? No! They’d cut each other’s hair, steal crayons, and pull alphabet letters off the wall. Think of yourself as an old 2nd grader. It is non-negotiable that you have time for fun.
In the age of extreme productivity and a spiraling culture of comparison, it can be challenging to just play without calling it a “waste of time”. Play is not the opposite of productive. Play is an investment in our overall stamina. It energizes us, gives us more focus when we need to get work done, and brings joy into our lives. If you don’t make time to have fun, there will be consequences (burnout, isolation, loss of gratitude, maybe stealing crayons).
Think of it this way, would you ever look back on a day and think, “Man, I wish I didn’t have so much fun today”? No way, friends.
I use the term “recess” because it is planned fun time. It’s part of the schedule, not just a fluke. Whether it’s a bike ride, art project, or an in-home dance party, it’s an appointment you’ve made with yourself.
How will you spend your recess today? You’ve got this!