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The key to a perfect summer is making absolutely zero plans

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  • Love this - usually have an idea of things I’d love to do but allow myself to do them (or not do them) depending on my mood!

  • I have a policy of making no plans, which people sometimes find annoying and a bit bizarre (except when I volunteer to cover their weekend or holiday shifts). This practice tricks me into feeling relaxed because I don't get the sense that I am busy. My calendar is almost always clear for whatever comes

    I have a policy of making no plans, which people sometimes find annoying and a bit bizarre (except when I volunteer to cover their weekend or holiday shifts). This practice tricks me into feeling relaxed because I don't get the sense that I am busy. My calendar is almost always clear for whatever comes up and my free time feels, well, free.

  • "I get so busy sometimes chasing the extraordinary moments that I don't pay attention to the ordinary moments. The moments that, if taken away, I would miss more than anything."

    That's a quote from Brené Brown's Netflix show Call to Courage and she talked about play being time spent without purpose

    "I get so busy sometimes chasing the extraordinary moments that I don't pay attention to the ordinary moments. The moments that, if taken away, I would miss more than anything."

    That's a quote from Brené Brown's Netflix show Call to Courage and she talked about play being time spent without purpose. In today's hustle culture, we have no time for play.

    But I realized working the startup life, heads down on product, I do not get my best ideas staring at a screen, I get them from interacting and talking to people to just traveling and observing...the ordinary. And ordinary is beautiful, afterall the social gaming behaviors and insights I gained from traveling all over Asia is what inspired me to start gamegether.

    I see immediate returns on healthy distractions—this is weird for those who are very goal-oriented and focused with so much work to do.

    However, I think as someone who is so purpose-driven and motivated, we can be overly focused on and chasing extraordinary all the time and missing ordinary. And looking at, learning, and understanding ordinary insights is what helps you take it to extraordinary. Life is really about balance and the more years I live the more and more I understand and respect this.

  • Maybe that’s the key to life? Ability to live free and not be encumbered

  • A summer staycation may be the way to recharge your creativity.

  • It's funny that we often always have to PLAN something during the downtimes. It's not even about being bored. It's about clearing your mental slate and allowing it to ultimately wander.

    If you really want to go somewhere and not feel bored, try a place with nature.

  • This article reminds me of the scene in "What Happens in Vegas" where Ashton Kutcher says to Cameron Diaz, "you have a plan to make plans."

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/2ee39f69-a03f-4a4a-a865-a14fd54802ac#rk3XaVTZRN.sms

    Ie. Often we approach vacation with our "work" mindset and miss the entire purpose

    This article reminds me of the scene in "What Happens in Vegas" where Ashton Kutcher says to Cameron Diaz, "you have a plan to make plans."

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/2ee39f69-a03f-4a4a-a865-a14fd54802ac#rk3XaVTZRN.sms

    Ie. Often we approach vacation with our "work" mindset and miss the entire purpose of vacation. We pack in as much as possible with no room for interruption, and unsurprisingly feel stressed when our vacation isn't as productive as we wished it had been. Somehow we all get caught in this trap.

    Thanks 🙏 Ephrat Livni for reminding everyone how illogical we all can be at times--- and -- just in time for the summer 🙌🙌.

  • One unforeseen negative ramification of our extremely entertained culture is that we believe boredom is bad. I love that this article reinforces that, especially by reminding us that it will help us feel more fulfilled and for us creatives, our mind will create the content we are always longing for but can’t do in the “hustle.”

  • Interesting ...I recall my early working days in Chicago area; best friend's brother always scheduled out the weekends with boating, bbq, travel, etc. I felt it was crazy to plan 'just like the week days' up & running at 7am!? For me, taking the Saturdays as the weather came, maybe a quiet, cool part

    Interesting ...I recall my early working days in Chicago area; best friend's brother always scheduled out the weekends with boating, bbq, travel, etc. I felt it was crazy to plan 'just like the week days' up & running at 7am!? For me, taking the Saturdays as the weather came, maybe a quiet, cool part of the day bicycle ride ...then a beer & burger with laid back friends..! Plm

  • As someone who doesn't tend to plan well, I respectfully disagree with this advice. Fortunately, I married someone who is an expert-level maker of fun plans. When we tend in my direction during down time, we often find ourselves feeling a bit listless and unfulfilled, with chores tending to fill our

    As someone who doesn't tend to plan well, I respectfully disagree with this advice. Fortunately, I married someone who is an expert-level maker of fun plans. When we tend in my direction during down time, we often find ourselves feeling a bit listless and unfulfilled, with chores tending to fill our time, but when he takes the lead, we inevitably end up doing something new, fun, and exciting (with a little chill time baked in) and the weekends feel longer. #teamplans

  • Sometimes boredom is a good precursor to a short nap or a long thought. It is sometimes a good thing to slow down.

  • “Giving the mind space to wander and daydream leads to inspiration and innovation.” 🙌🏽