Yes, we recommend that at least 10% of your ‘working time’ (and more if you can swing it) should be devoted specifically to play. Talk to someone new. Go for an afternoon walk in the sun. Take an extra long lunch break. Take the long way to work. Pick up that book that you’ve been dying to read. Leave the office. Get out from behind your computer screen. Go see a speech. Learn something new and seemingly unrelated. Relax a little.
Why? Because no matter how fun and engaging your day-to-day work activities can be, the best ideas are those that come when they’re not forced. This play time is important for growth. It allows us to process, and opens us up to new experiences. We all need rest and play. It ultimately makes our work better, our jobs easier, and our lives more fulfilling.
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