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Many of us take time to plan what we want to achieve for the year. But how many of us take the time to think about our fun plan for the year?

Planning how we intend to enjoy ourselves and have fun is an important factor to consider.

All too often we get caught up in chasing our goals and work challenges, that we forget to plan time off or time to have fun.

It’s probably an odd concept, considering most fun things happen through random bursts of spontaneity. Fun can’t always be planned after all. Yet it certainly helps to be free from work and commitments to allow fun and spontaneity to take place.

Here are a few tips for working out your fun plan.

Plan to have a holiday

No doubt this one is the most obvious. Plan to take some time off with family/friends.

Take as much time off as time and money will allow.

One or two weeks may be all you have due to leave restrictions. Make sure you take that time, no matter how short.  If you can afford a month off (and can get that much leave), by all means, take it.

If your holiday is months away, find ways to make the waiting fun. 

Do research and preparation, if you enjoy that sort of thing. Relax in the sun at home, with a colorful picture book featuring your upcoming destination.

Just make sure you have something to look forward to.

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Plan short weekends away

If you are restricted by time or money pressures, think of taking more short breaks over the weekends.

Keep your eye open for last-minute deals or scheduled sales for weekends away.

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Take the weekends off

Everybody occasionally needs to work on the weekends. Fair enough. As a blogger with a full-time admin job, I understand having to work weekends.

But if you don’t have to work, make the most of your weekend.

Make sure you make the effort to take some weekends off and spend that time with the people you love.

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Do something different

Sometimes we can simply get stuck in a rut. 

Do something out of the ordinary or different from what you normally do.   

Explore a part of the city that you are not familiar with, and try some exotic food that you have never had before. Think in simple terms, it doesn’t have to be flashy and expensive (though that can be fun too), just make it different.

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Remember what it is like to be a kid

Your entertainment doesn’t always have to be so grown up.

If blowing bubbles puts a smile on your face then, by all means, do it. Go to a theme park and go on all the rides.

It’s not about just sitting and watching the kids have all the fun. Get in there and have fun with them!

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Don’t overplan your time

Sometimes we can spend our whole weekend running from one obligation to another because we have overplanned our time.

Sunday night, we find ourselves exhausted and wondering where our weekend went.

Make sure you have some time out to relax and enjoy yourself.

Watch out for overplanning and cut back when you need to.

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Focus is good but don’t develop tunnel vision.

A couple of months ago I read an excellent blog post over at Live Bold and Bloom titled Are you over caring for your desires?

It amazed me how much I resonated with this article.

I had definitely been over caring for my desires to the point that I was overlooking some very important parts of my life, in particular, some of the important people in it.

For many people, their work may be a great sense of fun for them.

Whilst this is an ideal situation to be in, it still doesn’t hurt to have fun outside of your work environment.

Loving your work is great. Being a workaholic who is consumed by work with nothing else in your life is not fun.

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Make work as fun as possible

This will be easier in some workplaces than in others.

Share a lighthearted discussion with the people you work with or associate with. Go out for coffee or have morning teas where everyone can chat together about non-work related events.

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Remember who is important to you

If you are married with children or have children, spend as much quality time with them as you can.

While your job or business may be important, don’t neglect the people in your life.

Neglecting people can happen easily and unfortunately, we can be completely oblivious to the fact we are even doing it.

Pay attention to who is important.

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Remember that you can have fun on your own

While spending time with friends is wonderful, it’s important to remember that you can have fun on your own as well.

When you like yourself and enjoy your own company, spending time alone can be fun. Whether it’s listening to music, dancing around the house, singing at the top of your lungs or just chilling you can still enjoy yourself.

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Include your pets in your fun plan

My cat is a huge part of my fun plan. 🙂 Having been diagnosed with a chronic illness at the beginning of 2022 (definitely not fun!) has meant that I spend a lot more time at home. My cat keeps me entertained, makes me laugh (man she is a character), and fills my life with joy.

If you have a pet make sure you factor them into your fun plan.

Take time to celebrate (even the small but important things)

Often we are so busy ticking off our to-do lists and working towards our goals, that we can completely forget to stop and celebrate what we do achieve along the way.

Take the time out to celebrate. 

The type of celebration will depend on the individual, it may be something small and personal or something more elaborate when you achieve a major milestone.

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How is your fun plan looking?

I hope this post helped you think about what a fun plan might look like for you.

Whether you are hanging with family and friends or working make sure you have lots of fun along the way. Enjoy yourself and have fun!

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