The great thing about this formula is that it can actually stand up to some mathematical scrutiny BUT it’s so simple that even a non-mathematician like me can understand why it all makes sense! It’s all because of the 1/FUN bit.
Let’s suppose you can have fun on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is no fun at all and 5 is the best fun you could ever have. Now let’s assume that yesterday you scored a 2 for fun. Based on that the time (small t) would equal 1/2 = 0.5 But if today your fun score was a 4 then the time (small t) would equal 1/4 = 0.25 or half what it was yesterday.
So this is one of my formulas that works like a proper formula, double the fun and it feels like half the time. The reason that I put FUN in big letters because for me having fun is really important.
I understand that the time doesn’t really pass twice as quickly in real life, it just feels like it does. But I don’t really mind that so much as it’s the fact that I’m having fun that is more important to me. Viktor Frankl explored the idea that time appears to pass at different rates a little bit in his book Man’s search for meaning where he called it ‘Deformed Time’.
One of the ways Frankl put it was that sometimes an hour or a day can feel like it lasts forever, but then if you look back over a couple of weeks made up of days like that and those weeks can seem to have flown by. When I read this, it reminded me of my school summer holidays. At the start of the summer, the six weeks we had felt like forever. During the weeks, each day would feel like it was lasting such a long time. But at the end of the holiday it always felt like it had flown by in an instant. I’m sure that this a common experience that many of you can relate to.
One of the things that I genuinely can’t understand is, if we know that having fun seems to make the time pass more quickly. Why don’t we do more to have fun at work? After all it is a place where we spend a lot of our time. I’m not talking about being lax and not getting our work done, after all that would defeat the point. I’m talking about injecting real fun into the things that we have to do and making them as pleasant to do as we possibly can.
There is a great book called Fish! which talks about how you can boost morale in the workplace and make it a more fun and enjoyable place to work. If you have never read it I recommend that you do.
There are businesses that have even made having fun a great way to get people to pay to go and help them do their work! If you don’t believe me, then look into the grape treading festivals that are run each year throughout France and in parts of Spain and Italy. During these festivals, tourists and other visitors actually pay to go along and help to tread the freshly harvested grapes that end up being made into that delicious wine. The reward is that they all get to take part in a big party once the work is done (often paying extra for their accommodation at the vineyard so they don’t have to travel far after the party).
Even if you feel that you can’t have as much fun as you want at work, there shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t have fun when you’re doing the chores at home. Try and make the chore fun, it should be easier to do at home, after all you don’t have the usual ‘stuffy work image’ to maintain.
I do this all the time with my kids; we make up rhymes or songs about things when we are tidying or they have homework to do. For example if we are emptying the recycling we’ll often have a ‘pop quiz’ on the products that came in the containers being recycled, where their country of origin was, what type of food type it is and anything else that makes it interesting or fun for the kids.
The next time you have a couple of rooms to paint in your house; try throwing a ‘bring a brush’ party (just don’t let anyone drink too much alcohol until after the painting is finished). I once had a garden to dig over and weed before I could lay a lawn on it. It was a big area, so I threw a ‘bring a spade’ party and I provided the barbecue. The whole lawn (about 150 square metres) was thoroughly dug over and had all the turf laid in about four hours, thanks to 20 or so friends and their spades and forks.
1. When does time seem to drag for you?
2. When has it seemed to just fly by?
3. What ways do you bring a bit more fun into your work or home chores?
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