Think Schedules and Fun Don’t Mix? Think Again! TUB-Thump 028



When we aim to have fun, we want as much fun as possible from the activity. That’s obvious!

But when I heard that scheduling your free time can take away some of that fun, I thought “Uh-oh…How do I deal with that?”

Since I go on so much about making sure you plan your time well–including your free time–I was worried that the sensible advice may be inadvertently spoiling your enjoyment.

Luckily, the study by Selin Malkoc and Gabriela Tonietto also suggests how to have the best of both worlds. That’s what I talk about in Episode 028 of TUB-Thump.

Even better, the study seems to confirm what I recently talked about too. You can combine routines and spontaneity in student life.

In fact, that combo could be the answer to ALL THE THINGS. (Okay, okay. Some of the things.)

Now you’ve got no excuse for not scheduling!

And I’ve got no excuse for double negatives…

Here are the show notes for the 5-min episode:

  • 00:50 – How much should you schedule your free time?
  • 01:10 – Scheduling specific leisure activities can result in having less fun.
  • 02:00 – How can you schedule your free time and still have fun with it?
  • 02:45 – On being partially impromptu.
  • 03:50 – The focus of the study was on short activities, rather than preparing for something bigger, like a holiday.

Here’s a video with the authors of the paper explaining what they found:

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Keep being awesome!


  1. Reblogged this on Becoming An Educationalist and commented:
    #becomingeducational W16: Start again more slowly – and with more FUN!!

    The last few weeks have felt like a ghost town… It’s not that the students have not been there – they have. BUT all of them so burdened with so many assignments all seeming to need to be done at once – that no one has had time to smile, to chat, to unwind for a minute.
    It has all been stress and hard work and grim faces.
    This blog from TheUniversityBlog (aka TUB-Thump) looks at how to plan your work whilst still building in space for spontaneity and fun.
    Have a read – have a look – have a listen… and see what you can take away to make your learning that little bit more enjoyable and more successful.
    Sandra & Tom

    1. Ha! Yes, you can always tell when the most deadlines are looming. The whole atmosphere changes. It’s not just the colder weather doing it either.

      I hope there will soon be many more smiling faces back on the scene!

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