Scheduling Time for Having Fun

February 12, 2013

in Life Lessons

omnifocus Fun.

That’s the new project in my OmniFocus task management system. It might seem sad that I had to add a project to have fun, but it’s a way to ensure fun activities don’t become lost in a sea of business and personal responsibilities. The goal is to have even more fun than I do now, not add fun for the first time.

The project folder doesn’t contain everyday fun like playing games with my kids or watching a movie with my fiancé. Instead it holds tasks to complete like putting on the calendar seeing a museum exhibit that is only in town for a month or booking a reservation for an activity for Sean and me. My fun folder holds all the things I would not normally take time for myself to do.

This catch-all place for fun has quickly become my go-to place to write a note to myself about a book I want to read, a restaurant to try for the first time, or a reminder for concert tickets going on sale. Just as we capture to-do tasks for home repairs, cleaning, bill paying and appointment setting, so too should there be a way to capture fun ideas we read or hear about from others.

Last year I accomplished a lot in my life that made me happy. Many of the fun goals I set, though, were abandoned for other important areas of my life. My hope in 2013 is to have another great year, but with a little more fun sprinkled in.

How do you ensure the fun, just-for-you activities happen?

Please share!


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CV February 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I totally need to start scheduling more fun time. And no that doesn’t necessarily mean breaking your rules all the time.

Though that is loads of fun. For me anyway.

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Naked Girl in a Dress February 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Yes, I know you enjoy breaking rules! You haven’t lately. It’s been disappointing.

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Kimberly February 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I don’t make time for fun just for me. But that is definitely something I need to change about my life.

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Naked Girl in a Dress February 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

I think you have some Saturday free time coming up, Kimberly! I don’t either, but I am going to this year. Even if I only do a few times in the year, it’s better than 2012. All I am looking for is progress.

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