If you’re beginning to feel like a Lethargian in the Dolldrums, that’s a solid sign you’re in a rut. *
It’s okay. It happens to everyone. You’re shuffling from thing to thing, doing what you need to do, crossing things off your list with a satisfying pen swoosh. Suddenly, you realize: I’m bored and I don’t want to do this anymore.
Instead of bailing on your responsibilities (and probably regretting it – you likely do them for a reason), consider throwing in a random bit of weird to wake up and have fun. Warning: Fun can be contagious. The people around you may also exhibit signs of joy.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Decide on a secret word of the day, like in PeeWee’s Playhouse. Go crazy whenever someone says it.
- Have a dance party with the lights out, the glow sticks cracked and the music cranked. Don’t worry if it’s just you and your cat – the awesome is for any party size.
- Use a different route to get to a usual place.
- Learn and tell a scary story, either by campfire or flashlight.
- Celebrate a weird or made-up holiday. (I’m looking forward to Pi Day on March 14. Who knew math was so tasty?)
- Eat something new for lunch today.
- Wear awesomely strange socks that everyone can see.
- Learn a card trick and show it to others.
- Make a bird feeder, fill it with food and hang it outside.
- Write a letter (the old-fashioned way) to someone who would love to hear from you.
- Do your chores while pretending you’re someone different, like a butler, robot or soap opera star.
- Memorize a joke and tell it to others. (Dad jokes rule).
- Build a fort (with sheets, cushions, pillows, boxes, whatever), put a light in it and read.
- Find and read an interesting magazine all the way through. If it’s yours, cut out your favorite pictures for your wall or a vision board.
- Sleep in your bed with your head at the bottom and your feet at the top.
- Be extra kind to everyone you see today, including yourself.
What are your suggestions for adding some fun to the day?
* If you don’t know what I’m talking about, pick up a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster. Still funny, still relevant.