All Work and No Play

Posted by dianne on May 1, 2010 in Newsletters | | No comment

All Work and No Play

Are you working too much? Do you operate on the principle that you have to finish all your work before you allow yourself to play? Apparently this is a gift handed down in the United States from our Puritan founders. The problem with this thinking is that there is no such thing as “finished” where work is concerned. With voice mail, the internet and e-mail, we can work anywhere any time. And if we should happen to look up from our career-type work, we can usually see chores around us waiting to be done.

In the last couple of years both government and business employees in the Chicago area have been asked to take Furlough Days from work to avoid layoffs. You might wonder how a furlough day differs from any other day off from work. Well, the first difference is that it is an unpaid day off. But to me the bigger difference is that you are not allowed to do any work on a furlough day. That means you can’t call to talk to any co-workers, you can’t check email or voice mails, you can’t join a teleconference, and you can’t work on your work at home. (I don’t know how they can enforce not working at home, but I’ll play along.) I think that if it only happened once in a while and you could still pay the bills, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

As it is, our 24/7 accessibility has caused us to become addicted to communication and made us feel indispensable. When we do manage to take a sick day, personal day or vacation day, we feel obligated to check in via phone or email just in case something at work needs our attention. A lot of us have forgotten how to play altogether.

So for the sake of those who fire up their computers and start working just because they can’t think of anything else to do, here is a list of things to do instead of working:

• Go to a movie.

• Work a puzzle.

• Hit a bucket of golf balls.

• Jog.

• Call a friend.

• Paint a picture.

• Sit outside.

• Invite a neighbor over for coffee.

• Clean the gutters. (Oops – that chore just jumped in there without permission.)

• Meet a friend for lunch.

• Browse an antique shop.

• Walk a dog.

• Swim.

• Go to a large book store and look at the unusual magazines for sale.

• Go to an exercise class.

• Bake.

• Browse a craft store. Try a craft you’ve never done before.

• Wander through a botanical garden.

• Memorize a poem. (When was the last time you did that?)

• Sing.

• Make a collage.

• Email dianne@morrcreative.com with your favorite thing to do when you’re not working.

Studies have shown that people who regularly — as in weekly — take time to relax, play and feed their spirits, are happier, healthier and more productive than those who just keep working.

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By Dianne Morr, professional speaker and author of Ice the Burnout! 20 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Better. She is at work on her next book, How I Learned to Stop Crying at McDonald’s, Got a Grip on Depression and Got on With My Life. As a writing coach, editor and book shepherd, Dianne can help you take your writing project from wherever it is to DONE. dianne@morrcreative.com.

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Last Call

The next “You Ought to Write a Book” workshop starts Wednesday, May 26 with a Kick Off Teleconference. There is still time to register if you would like to join us. Join with a friend and you each get a $50 discount.

Here’s how it works…

Conference Calls

We kick off with a live Conference Call. We will share the plan for the six month program, upcoming conferences and your first assignment! Can’t be on the call? That’s okay! All calls will be recorded so you can play them back at your convenience! All assignments will arrive by e-mail so you can go at your own pace.

Five more Conference Calls during the workshop will present inspiring stories and advice from successfully published and self-published authors, writing instructors, editors, and a literary agent. You be able to have your questions answered by experts!

We also include:

  • Initial questionnaire—to set your intention
  • Accountability check-ins—to keep you on track
  • Weekly assignments—to give you steps toward your goal
  • Writing tips and tricks—twice weekly emails to inform and inspire you along the way
  • A critique of your writing—up to ten pages of your manuscript

E-mail your questions—We’ll help you find the answer!

The workshop begins May 26 and lasts for six months! That’s right, six months; and yes, you can write a first draft in six months. Where will your book be if you don’t start today?

What is the cost for all this? Only $299.

Sign up with a friend and you each receive a $50 discount.

Email Dianne@morrcreative.com or call 630-740-4701 to register.

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You Deserve to Be Happy

Last week, I spoke to two delightful groups about claiming their happiness. One group was made up of family caregivers and one of moms of preschoolers. All these wonderful people are working hard every day to take good care of others, and they deserve all the happiness in the world. If you know of a group who would like to hear what I have learned about avoiding the obstacles that keep us from being as happy as we could be, please let me know. My goal is to spread happiness, one listener at a time.

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As always, if you have a writing project you want to get finished, let us take it from wherever it is to DONE! Give us a call at 630-740-4701, or visit www.morrcreative.com.

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, pages 78 & 79

Check out Gillian’s blogs:

http://gmarchenko.blogspot.com/
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Do You Have a Friend Who Might Like to Receive This Newsletter?

If you have a friend who might like to receive this newsletter, please forward it to him or her. I love to make new friends.

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As always, if you have a writing project you want to get finished, let us take it from wherever it is to DONE! Give us a call at 630-740-4701, or visit www.morrcreative.com.

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