THE ART OF SERIOUS LEISURE
Work is an incredibly influential force on our lives. It provides a raft of intrinsic benefits such as mental stimulation, increased self-esteem, as well as financial reward for effort.
For five days a week, forty eight weeks a year over our working life time, paid work influences our decisions at a really practical level. What time to get out of bed, what to wear, who to talk to, whether to have lunch.
And then there is the cognitive intrusion of work - thinking about work.
Plus today time is compressed through technology - we are forever umbilicled to work through our smart phones and computers.
Work shapes our lives to the point that when we meet someone new for the first time we generally ask them "what do you do", meaning what do you do for paid work.
What happens when you leave it all behind - either voluntarily or a decision is imposed on you? What would you miss the most or the least?
Or what happens when it overwhelms you - what else are you missing out on? Chances are it will be your physical health, mental well-being and your relationships, particularly the most important one - with your self.
You can become highly stressed when paid work dominates your identity or alternatively you can feel lost when the the familiarity and structure of work is gone if you have retired or through severance .
The underpinning philosophy of the LIFE TIME WISE practice is
The Art of Serious Leisure.
This approach centres on the principle that fulfilling and rewarding leisure can bring pleasure and balance to busy paid working lives. It also provides purpose and meaning for those no longer in the paid workforce either through retirement or severance.
The practice provides benefits for both the individual at work, their employer and for those no longer in the paid workforce.
LIFE TIME WISE has worked with many employers in improving the productivity, morale and longevity of the work place through removing employee stress and uncertainty by providing them with leisure training.
Please see below for range of services and programs.
My name is Andrew Kikeros and as a leisure professional for over thirty years I have helped hundreds of people navigate the sometime hostile territories of their paid work world and the other equally important aspects of their lives.
It is my strong belief that when you are so comfortable in yourself you don’t need to assume other identities or personas, allowing you to embrace potential for life choices and discover new realities.
We are trained to work from the beginning of our schooling yet we are not trained for something as important as leisure.
The Art of Serious Leisure provides solutions for:
Those recently retired or nearing retirement
Any individual overwhelmed by their paid and unpaid working life
Those who have recently lost their paid working role through severance
If any of the above directly relates to you or someone you know then click on the link and see how my services will improve the individuals' quality of life.
Just to give you some professional feedback, on a personal level the workshops you are doing have been really informative, thought provoking and enjoyable. It seems that you are either a “natural” at public speaking/presenting or you have worked very hard on your craft!
Rob, September 2016 Workshop
Take care and keep doing what you are doing, your work is making a real ‘difference’ to many, many people.
Jeff, September 2016 Workshop