Are you making work fun?
Check this out this video. It shows that people stop avoiding effort when a task is make more fun:
As you'll see in the video, people start taking the stairs when the steps are made to look (and sound) like piano keys.
Nothing else changed. The people aren't given money or bribed. They are still presented with two options – stairs or escalator – yet the stairs are chosen more often, even though they obviously still require more effort than the escalator does.
Let's apply this to life and business.
As a parent, you may remember the song “Clean up, Clean up, everybody do your share. Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere.” It makes cleanup more fun.
Humming the ABC's twice when you're brushing your teeth helps the time fly and lets you know when your time is up.
What about work? What can you do in your business to make work FUN?
Please add your suggestions, and I'll add mine, too.
1. Make your office environment a place that you like being. For awhile my desk was in a really dark room in the house and I found myself dreading walking to my desk. Now, I have a great room with a big window. I have hilarious “Demotivators” on my wall, an 8 foot by 6 foot whiteboard behind me, and I have a variety of other bizarre things in here that make me smile.
2. I've ONLY chosen to work with people who make me laugh – or at least smile, a lot. I'd previously taken clients who were not fun, and I grew to hate doing the work. That's when I realized that I was creating a job, rather than the lifestyle that I dreamed of. Adios to them. 🙂
3. I try to include humor in my day to day work whenever possible. Weird Niche Wednesdays is obviously one of those attempts. My Online Success Podcast is full of laughter. Heck, even if it makes you groan instead of laugh – if you keep coming back, then it does its trick because I want my “peeps” to be those with a sense of humor. Life's got too many actually “serious” moments. Work can not be one for me.
4. My helpers are strongly encouraged (actually PUSHED) to communicate their favorite activities (and more importantly, their least favorite). I do not want to give a creative person the job of researching for me any more than I want to stress out a very analytical person by giving him/her a highly creative job. I want them to be doing tasks that they find FUN!
5. Along the same lines – I avoid certain tasks like the plague. If it's tedius, I outsource it. If it's tedius and I can't outsource it (yet) – then I play loud music while I do it. 🙂
6. My mentors. I have made the mistake of buying products from people who I either didn't respect, or who were dry and not very fun to listen to. What do you think those DVDs are doing now? I can give you a hint. They're getting dusted weekly — and that's about it. Now I choose to learn from people who I respect AND who I am entertained by. And, I strive to offer both to you – with my new Blog Tour Guide. Hope it's both interesting and informative.
Throw your “How to Make Work More Fun” ideas at me. I want them!
Smile. It's just internet marketing, guys. We're allowed to have fun. Really!
((hugs)) and thanks for reading.