When most think of play they immediately think of spontaneous play, however play can be just as beneficial – and definitely as much fun – if it is scheduled in. And the best part? Scheduled play allows you to reap exactly the same benefits of boosting creativity, whilst promoting greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism and hope for the future.


I have listed some examples for non-spontaneous play below which you may want to try out.


  • All sports
  • All board games
  • Playing an instrument
  • Creating art
  • Arts and crafts
  • Karaoke
  • Bowling

  • Sewing or knitting
  • Going to the cinema
  • Going to a museum or exhibition
  • Going to a concert
  • Going on holiday


With those benefits, the reasons for scheduling in more time for play are clear. Try scheduling in one playful activity weekly and see your creativity, empathy, flexibility and optimism soar.


Do you already do some of the playful activities listed above? Are there any you would like to try out? Do you struggle to schedule in more time to play? Do you see play as unnecessary or inferior to achievement? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.