Typically, people who work too much have lost touch with the child within. They have forgotten how to have fun. There are far too many fun things to do for little money and fun things to do for free that will bring life balance to a hard worker.
I’m sure you are familiar with the bible verse I Corinthians 13:11 which states “ When I was a child, I spake like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away those childish things.” It’s unbelievable to think of the different interpretations of this verse that shaped the perception of fun for many people; fun was seen as a childish thing. In many cases, this verse was taken to an extreme, and people threw the baby out with the bath water. Promoting life balance for those who tend to work too much is like getting the baby back (fun).
If you ask someone who have work life imbalance, they will secretly profess that they are too busy, too serious, and that their life is boring without work. Having fun is not a priority and they even feel justified because of the verse above. But that is a mistake to think fun is related only to childish behavior. It is equally wrong to think all work and little play is a balanced life.
If you have been in that mode of “all work” for quite some time, you only need to tweak your focus slightly to make a huge difference. To add pizazz in your life, you really have to think like a child. Think back to your childhood. Go back to the feeling when having fun was the expectation. Yes, some of you may have worked excessively even as a young child, but even you knew at that age that that was out of the norm and undesirable. You were keenly aware that having fun was natural. Well, the same applies as an adult. The intent of adulthood and putting away childish things was not to get rid of fun. We definitely should be creating fun experiences at every age. Those great fun times in childhood sets the bar for the continual fun memories created at a later age.
I’ve taken the guess work out for you and provided you a list of what to do to have good ol’ child-like fun. I prepared a list of 25 items below to wake up the child within that is craving for fun in your life. These are easy to do and require little money. I hope you make a commitment to try many of these very simple things. Be adventurous and do the most silly ones first; the ones that will take you farthest out of your comfort zone. In doing so, I guarantee your life balance will shift more favorable allowing you to integrate a lifestyle of fun into your busy schedule.
You can do these activities alone, but these are great relationship bonding activities. Plan these with your best friend, a sibling, your spouse, one of your children, or even a new associate. Above all, have child-like fun!
Complete a jigsaw puzzle.
Draw ground art with sidewalk chalk.
Eat el fresco on a blanket at a park.
Have a water balloon fight.
Write a message on a balloon and release it.
Go play with animals at a shelter.
Blow bubbles on your front porch.
Sing loud in the car with windows down.
Watch a marathon of movies.
Go camping in your backyard.
Plan a night of star gazing.
Take selfies and create a story around the pictures.
Create a hashtag and post on Instagram.
Create a time capsule and bury it.
Create a scrapbook.
Play foosball, air hockey, or pool especially if you are not good at it.
Plant wild flowers.
Pick wild berries.
Get a temporary tattoo.
Buy ice cream or snowball from an ice cream truck.
Take a line dance class.
Peruse a flea market.