By Jennie Wong
The Charlotte Observer.
This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with creativity expert Marney Makridakis, the author of “Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life.”
Q: For the last few years, my friends and I have been choosing a “word for the year,” as an alternative to making New Year’s resolutions. The words express a theme or intention like “Enjoy,” or “Grow,” or even “Branding.” And since coming across your book, I’m seriously considering making my word for 2015 “Play!” Can you tell us a little more about how to bring playful energy to the entrepreneurial life?
A: It is easy to think of productivity and play as polar opposites, but when they come together, each becomes more vibrant. When we allow ourselves to feel playful, we connect to a sense of fun and flow, and what once felt like work becomes much easier. Similarly, when we bring a purpose to our play, when it becomes integrated into our business rather than just a mind-numbering activity at the end of the day, then we connect to our deeper sense of meaning in all we do.
Here are three easy ways to start using play to be more productive and creative:
LOOK AT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH A PLAYFUL LENS
Thinking of business meetings as play dates, and collaborators, team members, colleagues, and clients as playmates can enhance the productivity of business events and relationships. In the study of child development, different types of play are identified as being important, and these definitions can help us improve our business relationships.