One lovely thing about a new year is that sense of a fresh start and an open calendar. Of course, that calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly with work and travel commitments. One way to make sure you’re factoring…
One lovely thing about a new year is that sense of a fresh start and an open calendar. Of course, that calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly with work and travel commitments. One way to make sure you’re factoring in fun and pleasure is to put it on the calendar. It might sound contradictory to schedule fun but studies show we get enormous pleasure from just the anticipation of vacations and other fun events. The other benefit is that if it’s planned, you’re less likely to cancel.
For example, since I got a theater subscription, I’m much more likely to go to the theater than if I had to consider whether a play looks interesting and then buy tickets. Same goes for commitments involving others. I’m heading to Miami at the end of January to run a half marathon with friends and my sister is flying in from Ireland to join us. That’s a double benefit. I won’t cancel something involving others and as I train in the freezing morning darkness of DC, I can imagine running in Florida sunshine in just a few weeks.
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