Embrace Summer: Integrating Work, Rest, and Play

Embrace Summer: Integrating Work, Rest, and Play

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I was coaching a client this week and asked a simple question: “What are you doing this summer for fun?” He stopped, paused, and then realized he wasn’t making time for himself to have fun. This made me reflect on how easy it is to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to create space for enjoyment and relaxation.

As we delved deeper, we explored his fears about playing and being childlike. He uncovered a moment from a few years back during a family vacation when he finally spoke up about his desires, wants, and needs. This was a breakthrough for him, as it was the first time he had consciously created an opportunity for fun.

We took this moment to turn his insight into action and created a plan for him to have fun on their upcoming family vacation. However, the next step will be having the courage to continue to create weekly and monthly rhythms for creative play.

Consider what Craig Groschel started doing a while back after his therapist challenged him to engage in an activity that required different thinking patterns in his brain to release the performance anxiety. He was inspired to take up learning how to fly a plane which gave his heart the freedom it needed to unplug from the high-capacity role of leading, pastoring, and being an author.

So, I ask you: What do you do for fun? How can you work, rest, and play this summer? Are you intentionally creating margin in your life to let creative energy flow from within?

The most successful CEOs understand the necessity of carving out time for their souls and for creative play. This summer, I highly encourage you to consider your rhythms and routines with your family and adopt these top three strategies to live, work, and play with your whole heart:

  1. Schedule Downtime: Just as you would schedule important meetings and deadlines, intentionally block out time for rest and recreation. This could be a weekend getaway, a day at the beach, or simply an afternoon spent reading a good book. By setting aside time for leisure, you recharge your mind and body, fostering creativity and reducing stress.
  2. Engage in Playful Activities: Rediscover the joy of play. Whether it’s playing a sport, engaging in a hobby, or exploring nature, find activities that make you feel alive and invigorated. Play is not just for children; it’s a vital part of maintaining a healthy, balanced life. It can spark creativity and provide a fresh perspective on work-related challenges.
  3. Connect with Loved Ones: Spend quality time with family and friends. Strong relationships are a cornerstone of a fulfilling life. Plan activities that everyone can enjoy, creating lasting memories and deepening your bonds. This connection not only enriches your personal life but also positively impacts your professional well-being.

By incorporating these practices into your summer plans, you can create a harmonious balance between work, rest, and play. Embrace the season with intentionality, and allow yourself the freedom to explore, relax, and connect. This summer, live with your whole heart, and watch as your creative energy flourishes.

Recently, I have been taking long walks, kayaking, playing pickleball, and smoking brisket for friends. Whatever you choose to do ask yourself, “What do I want to do for fun?” Then go pursue it unapologetically and invite other friends and family to join you on the adventure.