“Work” and “Play” evoke different biological and neurological processes, even if the activity we are doing is exactly the same.

So why treat business as work when play is so much more productive?

“Play” is sometimes contrasted with “work” and characterised as a type of activity which is essentially unimportant, trivial and lacking in any serious purpose.

Play in all its rich variety is one of the highest achievements of the human species, alongside language, culture and technology.

Indeed, without play, none of these other achievements would be possible.

The value of play is increasingly recognised, for adults as well as children, as the evidence mounts of its relationship with intellectual achievement and emotional well-being.

Seeing an activity as play, even in a work setting, evokes curiosity and creativity in addition to process and logic. Curiosity and creativity are essential components of learning. Whether you are learning a new skill or working on being a better human being, play will accelerate that process.

It’s a “whole brain” activity that is shown to balance the nervous system.

Stressors such as sleep deprivation, too much caffeine and “serious” business cultures reduce play and are shown to emphasise “right brain” dominance (following process, adhering to rules) and reduce the chance to invent something new or make the competition irrelevant.

How can you play today?

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