When’s the last time you played Sly 2: Band
of Thieves for the PS2? Huh? Hmm? Hmm? All right, actually I’m not expecting you to play
that exact game except for I do really like it. What I do want to talk about in this video,
really quickly to be honest, is that you should be having fun. Seriously, you should be having
real fun. In this video I want to emphasize a specific type of fun that I like to call
high-density fun. Here’s the common problem I hear a lot about.
Let me know if you’re having the same problem, because I hear it a lot from friends. Basically,
they will say, “I want to play this new game,” or “I want to see this new movie that’s come
out,” or “I want to do this fun thing, fun thing X or fun thing Y. Fun thing X or fun
thing Y takes a little bit of investment, like a moderate amount of time to step away
from your work. Since they’re busy and have a lot of homework and all that kind of stuff
they just go, “Man, I just don’t have time to do that thing.”
Now I would be inclined to believe them, but the only problem is that the very next minute
I see them scrolling through Facebook or checking reddit or spacing off or just something that
isn’t actually work. Here’s the problem that they’re facing. They are filling too much
of their day with low-density fun, fun that they think is still part of work–you could
call it just distractions–and fun that takes away your ability to have high-density fun,
fun that actually is fun. Here’s the problem with this low-density fun,
it’s not actually fun. It’s just a distraction from whatever work you’re trying to get done
in the moment. It doesn’t reduce stress, it doesn’t give you any fond memories, it just
sort of takes your attention away from something that you don’t want to do for the moment.
Unfortunately, it also drastically extends the time you feel like you’re working and
takes away what little time you have for actual relaxation at night.
Instead of succumbing to this curse of low-density fun, distraction, whatever you want to call
it, my suggestion for you is to actually be deliberate about having high-density fun,
which means scheduling it, meaning that you need to actually be serious about having your
high-density fun during the day. This can be something as simple as say, “Yes,
at 8:00 I’m going to play Sly 2: Band of Thieves for the PS2. I’m not going to work at all
for the rest of the night once I start.” It could be something that requires an actual
commitment. Maybe you tell your friends that you’re going to go bowling with them, and
you actually have to show up. Doing this is good for a few reasons. Number
one, it puts a little bit of time pressure on you. You’re actually going to be more efficient
during your working hours because you know that they are limited.
Number two, high-density fun reduces stress. I will talk about this in a later video, but
essentially you can think of your stress as a bucket with a faucet pouring stress into
it constantly and a hole at the bottom pouring some out. Fun widens the hole and keeps the
bucket from overflowing or, in other words, making you go absolutely crazy.
Number three, scrolling through Facebook is stupid. Stop it!
That’s it for this week’s video. A real simple message, but seriously, schedule some high-density
fun into your life. Use it to make yourself more efficient. Stay away from the low-density
fun. It’s really not that useful at all. Hey there, and thanks for watching my quick
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