Work While You Work {Play While You Play}

Somewhere between making breakfast, planning and organizing my daughter’s 1st grade year, finishing Algebra 1 with my soon-to-be-9th grader, finishing my degree, managing my home, and writing, I feel it.

It’s that little voice inside. It whispers.

“What are you doing? And where is it taking you?”

If you’re anything like this girl right here, you find solutions. Lot’s of problems equal lots of solutions to find, yikes!

So you read. Every. Single. Time-Management. Article. You. Can. Get. Your. Fingers. On…..Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Yeah, uhm, if you’re like me.

And if you’re anything like me, you’d find your greatest revelations comes when you’re not looking.

Play time
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Work While You Work

It’s Language Arts time. My 6 year-old and I recite last week’s poem memorization, The Caterpillar. I just loved teaching her this one. It’s a short poem about a caterpillar making its way to the leaf where it “spins, dies, and lives again a butterfly.”

“You did an absolutely beautiful job, sweety. {insert extreme excitement, exaggerated clapping, and lots of oohs and aahs} You are a poet!”

I take out this week’s poem. “Okay, ready to learn a new one?”

She nods in excitement. She loves learning poetry. I begin:


by M.A. Stodart

Work while you work, play while you play.

This is the way to be happy each day.

All that you do, do with your might.

Things done by halves are never done right.

Lessons From 1st Grade

And so, what I learned in 1st grade this week is that I’m playing while I’m working and working while I’m playing. How about you?

Ever found yourself on Facebook instead of working on something important? Ever found yourself trying to squeeze one more item on your to-do list in the middle of play or rest time?

What if we worked while we worked and played while we played?  What if we were active participants in the activity before us? What if we were here today? Present. Fully alive. Fully engaged? How different would things look?

What are you doing? And where is it taking you?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some work to get done followed by some uninterrupted play!

Q?: Are you playing when it’s time to work and working when it’s time to play? Share by leaving a comment below or on my Facebook page. I want to hear from you. 

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Posted on August 23, 2013, in DAILY LIFE, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, TIME MANAGEMENT. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great reminder. Be fully engaged. That’s one reason I try to turn off electronics on Sundays and when we are out of town.

  2. Great reminder. Fully engaged in what we are doing. That’s why I try to turn off electronics on Sunday and when we go out of town!

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