Now that you remember what energizes and enlivens you, it’s time to inject some of that energy into your work and life! You could do the same activities you did as a kid or imagine an evolution of those activities that would be more fun for you now. Additionally, if you’re not regularly using the skills you enjoyed using as a kid, try finding ways to use them now and see how you enjoy them.
Here are a few examples of how I implemented this in my life:
I joined a tennis club
From the moment I joined I was energized as I anticipated playing again. I picked out new court shoes, got some tennis balls, and experienced a rush of good memories and feelings as I started playing again.
I play on my breaks
When taking a break at work, I used to catch up on the news by watching YouTube. Now, I play! If I’m at my home office I’ll play African drums or guitar for a bit. If I’m at my downtown office I’ll dribble my basketball or go for a walk while listening to music. It’s incredible how mentally and physically refreshing those activities are compared to catching up on the news. It’s no wonder Google’s campus looks like a playground.
I turned my work into a strategy game
I’m doing work I love, but it got even better when I started imagining my work as a strategic game I was playing. Just as I loved managing resources and building cities in Sid Mier’s Civilization, I now imagine I’m building an empire with strategic objectives, assets, and interesting characters. It really helped shift the context from work to play.
Good luck! I hope you rediscover your playful roots and experience an influx of joy and playful energy. I’ll leave you with a video of a master at play.