Throw a flag on the play – a “Play Flag” that is! Go outside a play America, it’s good for YOU and it’s good for USA.
Like many Americans I spend a lot of time working. Working our career path through life to make a living and of course the hours of commute time that goes with the job. That’s enough work hours for the week for most people and probably leaves some time, for personal and or family activities. Maybe even some “play time.”
There are however, many Americans that work more than the standard 40hrs each week. There are many reasons for this. For some, the job requires more hours than the standard week, lots of workers at all levels, including executives and top management, know this routine. And then, there are the folk’s that work a second job for their own reasons. And these are good reasons or they wouldn’t be doing it.
And then there is another group of hard working Americans that I can identify with. The world of business owners. Small or large business, they all require more hours of your time. It’s just the way it is. Part of the process of success. And in my case, being an inventor and a writer, just adds some more hours to each week. The evenings and week end hours add to our already long week. It has a purpose, the goal is worthy (trying to get ahead), and on the face of it, it’s not really painful.
But, what I am discovering for myself after repeating this work routine for more than 30 years, is in fact, the hours do take a toll on any human. Even with continued success in our career, the deadlines, new requirements and changes from time to time, all the things that come with our work a day world. And then add to that the passage of time. They all seem to wear us down, a little bit at a time, through life. Seems like it’s all just part of the process. Nothing new.
When you add in the natural tendency some of us have, to invent things to make life better, well, you can add in many more work hours each week. Creating things or making some things better can be very satisfying, but, like our career job, over time, it can wear away on a human also. This is what has led me to an important conclusion. “All Work and No Play – Makes Jack a Dull Boy and Jill an Uninspired Girl.” Not a good a situation!
“We all need a scheduled “Play Time!” We have schedules for just about everything in our lives and most of us meet our schedules. It’s required of us! So, start “Throwing a Flag on the Play”, ahead of play time. Little reminder notes saying, “Play Time is Coming!” “Get ready it won’t be long now!” Just some kind of reminder to give you notice that “relief is coming soon!” Make your own little play flags and then use them … consistently! Every Week!
Keep the “PLAY FLAG” schedule, like you keep your other appointments and save yourself from becoming a “Dull Jack or Uninspired Jill.”