Sticky note advice graphicThis is my horoscope from Rob Brezny this week but I thought it was appropriate for everyone….

“Here’s your assignment: Get more organized and purposeful about having fun. Think harder about what makes you feel good, and plan more aggressively to bring those feel-good experiences into your life. In offering these prescriptions, I’m not advocating irresponsible hedonism. Not at all. In my view, you will become a better servant of those you care about by boosting your commitment to pleasure. You will carry out your duties with more aplomb and effectiveness. Raising your joy quotient is actually a formula for becoming a better human being.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Do you have an established benchmark for the kind of fun you want to enjoy in your life?

As a soul proprietor, I suggest that you establish benchmarks — the target numbers for what you say you want to do — in 5 areas:

  • Financial
  • Selling
  • Marketing
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Fun

“Well, shouldn’t fun just be spontaneous?” you ask. Sure, lots of fun things happen spontaneously, but because you are so busy in managing your business that you may forget to actually set aside time for fun.

What does fun look like for you, and how often do you want to engage that activity? That would be your benchmark. Then you can keep track of and measure how well you are doing.

For example, you may want to go to the movies once a week, or perhaps you want to eat lunch away from your home office each week, maybe you want to read a fun novel every day, or perhaps going out on a date night with your spouse or partner each week would be fun.

Playing cards with your friends once or twice a month might be your idea of fun, or a couple of hours of mindless TV each night might be your ticket to the good times.

Whatever it is that YOU find fun to do and that brings you pleasure should be high on your list of “will-dos” each and every month.

What do you like to do for fun? I’m always looking for ideas and so is everyone else. So please take a minute and share what is fun for you and that you make time for already, or that you are willing to make a public commitment to start doing on a regular basis.

Don’t make the mistake of turning this into yet another chore. Make it fun!