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How to Have More Fun in Your Business (and Life!) – Tip #3

Welcome back to the third installment in this 6-part series on how you can have more fun in your business (and life!).  If you missed the prior two posts in this series you can find the first one here and the second one here.

Tip #3: Identify places in your business and life where you can lighten up

Part of the process of having more fun in your life and your business is to lighten up! We can get so busy being serious adults that we forget that being fun and light is part of our birthright too. We don’t have to take everything so seriously and we don’t have to try to control everything.

Today I want for you to think about how you can infuse more fun into your day. How can you play more? How can you laugh more? How can you do your best work while letting go of trying to control the outcome? How can you shed your serious adult persona and connect with your inner child?

Might you try taking notes for your serious conference call with a crayon?

Might you draw a picture?

Might you learn a new joke and tell it to everyone you come into contact with today?

Might you spend some time playing with a child to remember what it feels like to be child-like?

When you feel stress, can you let go of the thoughts behind the stress and give yourself permission to relax and be and just do the best you can without all of the expectations you place on yourself to do everything perfectly so others will like you?

How can you infuse more fun into your client experience? Where can you surprise and delight them with something light and joyful?

I had a client recently who had a core value of having fun during the process of creating her business. The team had the tendency to be very serious and activity driven and she wanted the business being created to serve youth to be a fun, light and engaging place. In order for that to happen, the team had to learn how to have more fun throughout the process of building the business.

So each time we met to work on the business plan, I would bring a child-like, fun activity for us to engage in and connect and laugh over. One meeting I brought mandalas for us to color with crayons and markers. Another meeting I brought clay for us to have fun making something. Another meeting we each brought a joke and took time out through out the session to tell our jokes to each other. We got the serious work done, but we purposely built in play until the team was able to naturally bring fun and lightness to the work.

Part of it is mindfulness. Part of it is giving yourself permission. Part of it is being comfortable in your own skin. And part of it is enjoying the connection with those you work with. But like most things in life, if it is something that you need more of in your life, you can always fake it until you make it!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below this blog! How much fun do you experience on a daily basis? And what can you do lighten up your business and life even more?

Have a great week!


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2 Responses to How to Have More Fun in Your Business (and Life!) – Tip #3

  1. Jill Magerman November 3, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for these great tips Hannah. I’m being reminded to play all the time right now. I’m dog sitting my grand doggies and they want to play all the time. It has forced me to stop being on the computer on this glorious fall day and go outside and throw the frisbee. I would never do that without the dogs! I might have to find a “dog app” when they leave. I’m not getting myself a real one. Wishing you a playful day.

  2. Sandra Olper November 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Hannah, Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me-I shared it with Jill (my atrio business partner). I love everything you are saying-we are definitely aligned in our values.
    I also want for people to remember we are Human Beings not human doers. When we give ourselves an opportunity to connect with our lighter more playful side-great things happen. We become less rigid, we laugh, we smile, we connect more to others, we are less judgmental and we are also more productive. Thank you for writing about this wonderful topic. Being an adult does not need to equal serious and having the weight of the world on your shoulders.
    Thanks for your great work