The phrase “work hard, play hard” is usually taken to mean that work and play are two very separate things.
But, what if they were able to mix? What if we brought our playful, fun selves to work? What if we got the chance to be silly and funny, while still being successful and productive? What would that be like?
Often we make things harder on ourselves than they have to be. Work can be like that. Of course there are times where we have to “work hard” and be serious, but there are also opportunities to “play hard” while working hard.
Think about your day, the conversations you have, the meetings you go to, the pauses you take, the time you can make for little drops of joy.
Turns out people are drawn to playful energy. It elevates the mood, elevates the corners of everyone’s mouths (aka makes everyone smile), and my guess is that playfulness actually increases productivity! And overall quality of life.
So bring your ability to be playful wherever you go! Tell a joke. Smile. Make a silly face. Talk about a time where you did something ridiculous. Ask your coworkers what they like to do for fun. Wear a silly hat to work. Do whatever you got to do, to make work and play coexist. It will be the best mix you ever make!