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Episode #107: Deep Play

Episode #107: Deep Play

The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.


We can often be overwhelmed, especially in new and trying seasons, and feel an intense pressure to perform well. According to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest, one key factor in being as productive as possible is the idea of deep play.

In his book, Soojung-Kim Pang lays out how rest, exercise, and nurturing our hobbies can help us solve problems and work better with more efficiency. One of his findings is that deep play can help us harness our creativity and induce higher problem-solving skills.

Deep Play: Deep play is considered any activity, such as exercise or art, that requires our full attention. It can help provide a new context for our brains to work in and help us feel accomplished without the pressure that professional work can have. Deep play is a way to practice observation, strategy, and problem-solving in a low-pressure setting. It can also prime our brains to come back to work and face challenges head-on with a new and refreshed perspective.

It may seem counterintuitive to practice a hobby to better our performance at work, but doing so can help us learn new things that we can later apply in our work. We encourage you to take time to yourself each day or week to partake in deep play. Turn your phone off. Create something. Exercise. Play! You’ll be glad you did.

How will you engage in deep play this week?

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