Serious about Fun

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Woody Allen said, “Most of the time I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all.”

On the other hand, Thomas Edison remarked, “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

Get serious about having fun or you won’t have it.

People talk about fun, believe in fun, encourage fun, and want to enjoy fun; but do they actually have fun? When was the last time you lightened up?

Appointments postpone fun. Deadlines cancel fun. Deliverables delete fun. Problems push out fun.

The trouble is, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing,” Dale Carnegie.

Power of fun

Fun connects people, builds trust, and enhances productivity.

If you aren’t in a tough situation, you will be.  Fun builds a foundation that sustains successful relationships. I’m closest to the leader’s I’ve had fun with. Cross-country skiing, shooting guns, playing cards, a good cigar, or just hanging out connect us.

Fun establishes second-chance environments by easing the strain of offenses and relieving stress. It humanize and opens hearts.

Fun opens channels for new ideas.

10 Ways to have fun at work

  1. Avoid negative fun like off color jokes.
  2. Avoid sarcasm.
  3. Appoint a CFO (Chief Fun Officer).
  4. Begin all meetings with stories about people you’ve helped.
  5. Take off your shoes.
  6. Set up a puzzle or some other game in your office or lobby. (Lego’s or some other toy)
  7. Get up from your desk and regularly take a brisk, brief walk.
  8. Candy dish! (or healthy treat)
  9. Enjoy a group lunch.
  10. Encourage your resident jester to keep it up.

If you aren’t serious about fun, you’re too serious.

There is debate about the usefulness of having fun at work. What do you think?

How can people get serious about having fun at work?