Playing is productive
Remember when you were a kid, and basically your job was to play? Legos and Saturday morning cartoons were serious business. *sigh* Those were the days. But who’s to say those days have to be over?
In this day and age, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you don’t have time to do all of your necessary, ‘grown-up’ tasks, much less have time to sit criss cross on the floor and just play.
Recently, several people on the team have shared some incredible projects that they did just for fun. Lynn built a fascinating site about airport codes, and in between working on design projects for &yet, Amy manifested the most incredible yeti icon series. A little while back Jaime spent his weekend learning how to sculpt 3D renderings in Blender. His first attempt was amazing.
I think what these folks seem to understand is that playing is productive. Approaching a task just for the fun of it can be an incredibly freeing exercise. It can unlock incredible creativity and ingenuity, which inevitably infuses your work with a freshness that can only come from removing all rules, having fun, and just playing.