All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

This proverb, made famous in the 1980 horror film The Shining, is a valuable tidbit to take from the silver screen to your real life.


is a critical element to just about everything in life. This is

especially true when navigating the path of hard work and leisure time.

Even more so, if you work significantly hard, you must, in turn, play

equally as hard. Read on to find tips on transferring your fervor in

the working world to more recreational activities.


you happen to be a workaholic, chances are you may not even know it.

Some people become engrossed in their work because they truly love it.

Others simply must work hard to pay the bills. In either case, it's

important to balance your workload with time for play. Tear yourself

away from that report and reflect upon the amount of time you spend

working and the quality of that time. If you categorize yourself as

someone who works particularly hard, it's necessary to maintain

equilibrium between your work-related activities and your personal

life. Otherwise, all of that toil will eventually become overwhelming.

Reward Yourself


one is a no-brainer. When you work hard, you deserve a reward! Just as

you may reward your children when they do their chores with stickers on

a chart or a weekly allowance, you deserve a treat when you get your

job done as well. Many people think of their salary as their reward for

working hard, but salaries are often spent on necessities or socked

away for a rainy day. Find a way to compensate yourself for hard work

aside from your paycheck. You'll find that your rewards will serve not

only as a much-needed prize but an incentive to continue working at

such high levels of excellence.

Reinvent Your Passion


you love what you do for a living, it's easy to throw yourself into it

wholeheartedly and lose track of the time you spend at the office.

Loving what you do and being able to earn a profit from it is certainly

a blessing, but try not to let your passion for your career overshadow

other interests you may have. Instead, use some of the energy you would

normally put into work to delve into a new hobby. Chances are if you

are the type of person who becomes absorbed in your vocation, you will

easily channel that same enthusiasm into something of a recreational


Reserve Time for Play


bad thing about working hard is it can be extremely time-consuming,

leaving little room for anything else on your plate. While demanding

jobs are oftentimes satisfying, you must intentionally set aside time

for fun if you're going to play as hard as you work. Schedule a monthly

happy-hour get-together after work on Fridays or have a power lunch

with some of your like-minded coworkers (but don't spend the whole time

talking about work!). Wake up thirty minutes earlier in the morning to

participate in a yoga class or watch morning cartoons with your

children. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it is a priority on your

agenda. Playtime deserves just as much priority as work!

Working hard is often required of us, but taking time out for fun

is taken for granted. There is nothing wrong with working your heart

out as long as you are able to maintain a balance with playing your

heart out! Start by reflecting upon your living habits, and if you

determine yourself to be a workaholic, take measures to ensure that you

include some R&R in your daily planner, as well!

Written on 12/29/2008 by David Bohl. David shares the viral message Slow Down FAST and helps people raise the roof on all facets of their lives without risking implosion. Get some must-haves here.

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