What does our leisure reveal about us? Here’s what I think – it reveals who we really are.

How?, It reveals what we do when we’re not ‘on stage’. Leisure is what we do when no one is looking…

I believe getting our leisure right is how we get our work right.

There’s a hierarchy of 3 different types we engage in beginning with the least valuable – 1. escapism such as playing solitaire on our phone, 2. utility like taking a class to learn a new skill, and 3. contemplation. Contemplation could be scheduling quiet time at the end of every day to reflect on what went well and what didn’t.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. What percent of our leisure time do we spend on each type of leisure? What percent should we spend on each type to achieve our best self? Why do you say that? If you get the percentages right, how does it impact your work results?

I know I need to keep escapism to a minimum, sustain utility, and increase contemplation. If you’re like me, you have to create a plan and schedule contemplation time. Consider contemplation or ‘personal development’ activities as reading a self-help book, participating in a peer group, going on a retreat or dong things that build character…

What do you think? How does getting our leisure right help us get work right?

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