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Why recreation is productive time

Many people including me are productivity junkies nowadays. I used to slice my day into hourly units. 0630am wake-up and work-out. 0630am breakfast. 0700am way to work. 5-6 meals every 3 hours. Structured busyness is great to pow down roadblocks and slay dragons along the way. Yet slowly I felt exhaustion creeping up. What happened?

Busyness can make you addicted and overshoot the mark

If you push for success, it will inevitably show up. You create your own future with immediate effective actions. Successes satisfy your brain and make you feel good. You throw something in. You get something out. If it’s the desired outcome, you soon behave like a Pavlonian dog.

However, everything in your life needs to be balanced. In case you consider Recreation & Fun as non-productive, you’ll soon feel a gap. It might show up in form of missing creativity or simply lust for life.

Take time to recreate and have fun!

The continent Recreation & Fun is fully dedicated to doing those things you love without thinking about making money, building relationships, eating healthy or working out. If you think that recreation is unproductive time, you’re dead wrong. In contrast: It can be the most important time of your day, since you realign and reset your minds. That builds the foundation for creativity. Re-creation means you’re re-creating your-self, your personality and life. It’s one of the most precious capabilities in a clockwork-like world, in which most people function without questioning what they’re doing how and why.

Creativity is an expression of you passions.

You’re following your passions. This cheer act will recharge your mental as well as emotional batteries. To this end you’ll feel happiness and eventually contentment. Here’re the steps:

  1. Know your passions. Run a personality analysis to get to know yourself.
  2. Choose hobbies which are aligned to your passions. Whether it’s collecting stamps or going to your local chess club, try some activities and check if they make fun. A good indication is always if you lose track of time in the process.
  3. Carve out time to recreate every day. Do something which fulfills you on a daily basis. Schedule time for it. And: Don’t take life too serious. You’re only a couple of decades on this planet. Fulfill our collective mission: Have fun!

Fun is your life compass!

Try to reminisce some moments from your childhood or teenage years: Which ones do you remember? Most likely those of excitement, joy or love. You may also recall anger, disappointment and losses. Why do you think that is? Because you tag emotions – love or fear – or derived feelings to memories. Emotions are those inner allies, which trigger actions – internally and externally. They make you experience things and turn these into memories in hindsight. That’s one of the fundamental truths we leverage to learn and grow together at ExperienceZone.

When boy meets girl…

…or thought meets emotion, they make feelings. Emotions are their mothers. They’re rooted in your gut. Your enteric nervous system (ENS) or gut-brain produces them. There are only two emotions: Love and fear. Love is focusing on what you want. Fear is focusing on what you don’t want. Both cannot coexist yet do emerge in various intensities. Thoughts are the fathers. They represent the analytical male energy, which contextualize and evaluate emotions. Once that happens, feelings arise.

Fun is a feeling caused by love and mental awareness of the very moment.

Fun, pleasure and joy represent harbingers of great experiences. The more you dive into them, the more likely you’ll remember these moments on your deathbed. At the same time, they give you feedback: “Way to go! You are on the right track”. Track to where? Towards living your mission and accomplishing your aims in life. Latter represent the milestones towards your dream future. Your mission is the north star you want to follow. Joy is the compass which confirms you the right direction. Do more of the things you love. They’re usually based on your passions. The crazier you’re about something, easier you’ll be able to truly master it and the better you use your lifetime. Always bear in mind that you’re only a few decades on this planet. Life is too short to do things you don’t love. Yet many people apparently think they live forever (or that they got a second life in their trunk).

What happens if you only seek pleasure?

Life is about balance though. Don’t only rely on your compass. It might lead you astray. Especially the outside world bears many temptations. I used to be a hedonist par excellence. Party, girls, and everything else you can imagine a big-city-boy is after in his wild years. Yet I experienced that one-sidedness leads to emptiness. Especially without having defined an individual reason for existence. So know what you want. Then go after it. Some challenges might arise. Consider them being extra weights the universe puts on your dumb bells. It only wants to make you stronger and trusts you to lift them.

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