Without time off from work, a person becomes bored and boring is what the proverb seeks to convey. It is supplemented by a second line sometimes,
“All work and No Play Makes Jack a Mere Toy.”
Humans do possess the capacity to shut themselves out from everything and concentrate on a single activity such as work.
Single-minded devotion is the word often used to describe the condition where factors other than those that help in achieving one’s goal are ignored.
But human mind is designed to work at its optimum best for certain periods after which the productivity diminishes. Brain needs rest.
Okay, you say, “Isn’t this an anomaly? We’ve always been taught that hard work is essential to achieving our goals in life.”
Yes, but it is equally true that our mind also needs distraction from time to time. Recreation is a useful distraction that can provide the fuel needed to power a person’s creativity.
The pace of modern life is such that people tend to become oblivious to their surroundings.
For example, busy people do not know or care what food they are eating. They tend to finish their meal in a jiffy or take inordinately long time to complete the activity. Often the food goes untouched.
A mother can recognise the early signs. She will try and get her child, the ever-busy professional, to slow down.
When that happens, pay attention.
It means, the ever-observant mother is beginning to get concerned that you are showing classic symptoms of overwork – failing to observe social norms like acknowledging the presence of other people around you.
At this stage, you are as bored of others as they are of you.
Take a break. Go on a vacation.
Pick up a hobby like gardening or join a citizens group.
Break the monotony.
The pressure to perform is not just the preserve of working professionals alone. Our Jacks (and Jills) are also under considerable strain to outperform their peers.
It is not uncommon to see young children cooped up with books all the time because parents worry that their kids are not putting enough effort to make the cut at certain prestigious educational institutions.
However, let us remember that good grades do not necessarily ensure blossoming of creativity in your child. Balancing study/work, fun, recreation, and social interaction is more important for your child to be successful and be a well-rounded personality.
Finally, the single most significant reason for achieving a balance between work and play is that the personality of your child is being moulded during this time.