Never stop having fun
Don’t take life too seriously. Play games, make jokes, laugh at yourself. Here are some ideas.
Fun at work
I work with teams all over the world, which often involves sharing my screen during calls. Depending on who’s on the call I often play games, because why not?
If I know there is a gossip king/queen on the call, I’ll share my screen and have my inbox on display and plant a fake message from senior management with the subject “Dawid’s Termination”. It’s only up for a split second before I start my powerpoint presentation, but just like Flight Club’s cinema scene, you know you’ve seen it.
Also, I try to throw in a sentence from the Corporate Bullshit Generator into presentations from time to time to see if anyone calls me out on it. (that fact that people don’t is a post for another time and a whole issue in itself — why are we so scared to call BS and ask questions?)
We’re not doing heart surgery (unless you are actually doing heart surgery), and a little bit of fun is great for mental health, workplace performance and is actually a mature way to handle stress.
This absolutely does not mean that you should not take a serious situation seriously. An upset customer, a colleague struggling, important work. All of these are serious and should be treated that way.
Fun at home
Also never stop having fun at home. This does not include TV. With a 5 month old and a 2 year old, once my wife and I get our children to bed we try to have a digital free evening which includes playing 2 player boardgames. These are brilliant games that take 20–30 minutes and are built for only 2 players. They can also lead to divorce as my wife is ridiculously competitive (and good). Some of the games are cooperative, meaning you play together to beat the board. (try Patchwork as a great start. Carcassonne is awesome and Hive is like a 20 minute simple chess game).
I’ve got to get back to my day job of globally plagiarizing interoperable niche markets. Have a great day.