Scheduling playtime

It’s springtime! Walking over to the office, large mug of tea in hand, to write a raft of generally non-urgent emails, I was caught by the dappled light playing on some of the recently opened buds.  It brought me up short and made me think of the number of times that we plough through life, failing to look up or around and take pleasure in some of the simple things.

So, instead of disappearing back into the office, I finished my tea, grabbed the camera and a slider and just had a play to try and capture some of the flowery delights around me (yep – the emergence of the inner gardener means I must be getting old!). This was just a random, one-off event but it got me thinking about building times like these into the timetable. Particularly working in a visually creative medium, it’s important  to have a bit of brain stimulation, to create something just for it’s own sake, rather than always being driven by deadlines and contracts. It’s been a especially busy few months not only with work but moving house and office at the same time and it can sometimes feel as if it’s a never-ending cycle of work and commitments. Moments like these happen rarely –but need to happen more.

Hence, although it sounds counter-intuitive, scheduling time to stop and play – really play, not just have time out, but experiment, create something a bit weird, not worry if you fail – is a really important part. And I don’t think it’s just for those working in creative industries – we all need the ability to think a little differently or approach problems from a varied perspective. Allowing time - actually creating time - for the brain to freewheel can be so beneficial.

Anyhow – here’s the slightly rough version of my experimentation. (Oh – and for those expecting a detailed email on that particular afternoon, apologies!)

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