Years ago, a family friend and very prolific writer, Cleon Skousen shared with me one of the strategies he used in writing. In his basement, he set up multiple card tables, each with a different writing project along with the associated research, miscellaneous notes, and transcripts. He would focus on one project until he would start to tire or hit a snag in his writing, then he would shift to the next table. The act of physically moving, refocusing and re-engaging allowed him to sustain his momentum and creativity. Bottom line: he found that a change was often better than a rest.
In today’s environment with so many demands on our time, mental and physical fatigue is a challenge. Yet, there is a real urgency to all of the work that needs to be accomplished in preparing every needful thing. Strategies like the one Cleon used are helpful, however, we need to remember to keep some balance. Part of keeping things in balance is spending time with those that make us laugh. Yes, spend time with someone that makes you laugh.
Laughing, chuckling, or indulging in a great big smile is one of the healthiest things a person can do. There is real chemistry involved that promotes health and wellness when you experience honest heartfelt laughter. I have identified friends and family that make me laugh and I make sure that I talk with them regularly, that I invite them to go with me on errands or I go with them on their errands or help them with something that they are involved in. This investment of time pays large dividends in keeping one's sanity and productivity.
Not only allow yourself and others to experience joy, know that man is that he/she might have joy. I invite you and those around you to incorporate some laughter, chuckling, and smiling into your lives. This is a choice, one that will help keep things sweet and more in balance. When one is in balance, much more can be accomplished, simply because we feel better.
Philip J. Gleason,