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Having fun at work - is that even possible?


How much fun do you really have at work? I work almost all the time. If I don't write, read scripts or work in marketing, I think of my work. It's easy to do it if you love your job. But it's also easy because I have decided to laugh every day. It's works better than any medicine.


Right now I'm writing a new book that will be published in six months. Sometimes it's pure hell. The reason is simple. When I work I always imagine that there is a bored reader in front of me who says, “Come on, give me something that I can use practically, something that makes me want to hear more!”

My job on each book page is to solve a problem. Loud rock music in the den has always been the best way for me to whip up my lust, adrenaline and motivation and it almost always works. If it doesn't work I take a break and watch a few episodes of the many American sitcoms I'm addicted to.

If there's a complete brain meltdown, I play video games or ride my motorcycle for a while. It sounds like I play all day, right?
But the fact is that I have never been this productive until I started to play at work instead of continuing on with something that I had come to a stand-still with. Playing simply makes me more relaxed and allows me to come up with new ideas and solutions.


Check out what you can do to make every day a bit more fun:
(The purpose of everything on the list is to increase productivity, job satisfaction and ultimately your profit. It's not a playhouse, it will just be a lot more fun to work hard. The bottom line, as the Americans say – will be greater profits).


The surroundings:
• Do all the tedious tasks while listening to your favorite music.
• Make the workplace more personal (OK, I admit it - I have pictures of my idols on the walls in the office - Michael J. Fox, Jim Carrey, Leslie Nielsen and a few others).
• Spread out toys throughout the office – the contrast between toys and office supplies is dynamic and makes you feel more relaxed and it'll prevent you from stiffen up.

Make meetings more fun:
• First, don't kill my energy by asking me to attend unprepared, meaningless meetings. (Oh you were attending a meeting just like that yesterday?)
• Hold the meeting somewhere other than the office - on the lawn in the park, perhaps.
• Play the theme from “Mission: Impossible” at the start of the meeting if it's suitable.
• Have a “talk thing”-  a rabbit or huge teddy bear that anyone talking must hold while he/she talks.
• Use water guns on any and all who are unnecessarily negative, late or interfere with the speaker.
• Ignore the chairs - stand up instead - or sit on Pilates balls, maybe.

Stimulation:
• Stage a contest for yourself - if you fix ”this”, you get ”that” as a reward.
• Buy a whole library of funny DVD's - use them to bring new energy.
• Always reward yourself and others when you reach new goals. We should all celebrate much more often.

What do you think about these ideas? There's always a risk that such ideas will become a bit too brisk, but that's what I'm looking for.
The idea is to find a smile that you can put on your face every day at work.






About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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