Go Play Today!

“Play” has historically been underrated, but I think that “younger people” have embraced play consciously and unconsciously in their everyday lives. Play can be found in ALL the social media posts, from kitten/puppy videos to travel photography and DIY posts. Play gives us a hit of all the good chemicals and when applied properly can open our minds to being creative, in flow and in a state of relaxation.

The most effective play is IRL (In Real Life), in a tangible, interactive, engaging way. Video games and observing social media, for our purposes, don’t count. The brain shows up in a very different way when physical activity is added to a process. It retains more, it is able to be more creative and problem solve in more global ways than in passive receive input ways.

How can you play today to fully immerse your body and brain, and whatever else you have going on? Some “productive” and whimsical ways are listed below.

Pick an activity where you get to interact with the physical world. Photography counts, building a city with blocks counts, using action figures or dolls to create a story counts, painting on any object counts, and I’ll admit that creating with a graphics or coding program does count. Any activity that has an idea behind it that requires working through a process, hitting a wall of WTH, overcoming the WTH, and arriving at a result – for better or worse – Do NOT judge the result will get those creative juices flowing.

Playing a IRL game alone or with others definitely counts as play. Spreading out on a patch of grass and watching clouds drift by counts, especially if your brain finds unicorns and lions and tigers and bears in those clouds. Make a chain of daisies, do stuff you did when you were a kid – mud pies, vintage toys, whatever.

Although IRL fully immersed is most effective, theoretically, if for some reason you’re unable to get physical, you CAN sit and immerse yourself in a memory of play – remembering smells, season, temperature, colors, tactile sensations – and your brain won’t really know the difference. These memories can become inspiration or a happy place to revisit when needed.

So how will you go play today?


Overcoming Procrastination

In A Nutshell: procrastination is your imagination on assumption overdrive.

Some of the “excuses” include, but are not limited to:

Fear of Success – at least this is an optimistic thought. It assumes you’re Absolutely Awesome! Ironically, this thought can be perceived as fear to deliver, fear of inadequacy and NOT being good enough. Either way, Get Over Yourself – chances are you, just like me, do not poop gold so don’t need to worry about not living up to our initial success – we haven’t done anything yet. Although your brain may actually feel like you have because you’ve imagined, clearly enough the result, although not likely the process.

Not having enough resources – time, money, space. Serious lies here, really, I kid you not. If you have the following you can accomplish a result: 10-20+ minutes a day (stop surfing the socials, watching crap TV/Internet streams – if you have HOURS EVERY SINGLE DAY for that junk YOU HAVE TIME). Money – if there’s a dollar store, thrift store, garage/tag/estate sale, flea market, free junk pickup day, freecycle, nextdoor, patch, random found stuff during a walk, monetary need is negligible – force yourself to use what’s at hand instead of insisting on the best of the best if you haven’t gained skills. That said, as you learn, quality of material will matter, but not so much at the beginning. Space – If you can carve out a 12″ pizza box size area, and store your supplies in the same pizza box, you have space. Most beginner and even some intermediate projects do not have to be epic in scale, we’re not carving Athena or David after all – you wouldn’t be here if you were.

Lack of inspiration: Inspiration is everywhere – all the images, videos, music, art, tutorials online, a walk around the neighborhood, a visit to a garden, hike in nature, convo with a friend, interview with artists, old projects needing to be finished – finish one or all for a boost in confidence and inspiration, as well as honing skills. Randomly pick a color and gather or create objects in that color and make some random object. You don’t have to keep it, it’s just to get the juices flowing.

This is a small list, but I’m pretty sure it’s an effective list if you tough love yourself and step it up. So, THERE, procrastination be GONE!