The Fun Parts of Doing Something
What are the things you enjoy doing?
When we enjoy things we generally find ourselves in a state of "flow" where time seems to pause, distractions disappear and focus is maximized on the enjoyment of DOING.
DOING things we enjoy is fun, it strengthens us, it gives us a sense of being, it soothes our soul, and gives us energy.
But ...DOING "the thing" is only ONE aspect of enjoyment. What if you could double our period of enjoyment? What if you could even TRIPLE IT? You absolutely can!
The secret to TRIPLING your enjoyment of the things you do is to BROADEN the timeframe of HOW you enjoy those things. This applies to the personal things you enjoy as well as the professional and work-related things you do.
I recommend the following framework to broaden and lengthen the duration of the experience of enjoyment:
Reflect on It
Make it a habit to PLAN ahead to do the thing you enjoy
Block time for doing the thing you enjoy on your calendar
Execute on your planning activities -- Logistics, itineraries/agendas, reservations, reading relevant material, gathering of items and resources
Spend time thinking about the upcoming experience
If others will be involved in the experience, spend time talking to them about the upcoming experience
Enjoy the emotional wave of anticipation
Clear the deck, remove all distractions, and "bulletproof" your schedule
Fully immerse yourself in enjoying the thing you've planned for and anticipated
Memorialize the experience -- Take pictures, share the experience on social media, collect souvenirs and memorabilia, record it in your journal or diary
Reflect On It:
Recall and reflect on the positive memories of the experience
Revisit your photos
Do something interesting or constructive with your souvenirs
Read your journal entries
If you're a journalist like me, then continue to journal about it
Talk to others about the experience and share your memories, photos, and stories
What thing can you apply the above framework to today?
Have a great week!
Andy Robinson, Executive Coach
"Helping CEO's and executives maximize their influence and impact."