Think of it as a “working vacation”, right? Combine the social joys of an event with the productivity of a project-with-a-deadline, and you have something amazing in your midst.
Thanks to our close proximity – and relationship – with some of our dearest friends, we’ve all participated in many such “working events”. Take building this barn, for example. The deadline was set, invitations (by email) sent out, and a work week begun.
- How can you do that to your guests?
- What about the kids?
- Why not hire it out?
- What about food and water?
Great questions. For number one: The invitation was sent out as a general request for help. Anyone who was willing and able signed up to help. So, you’re not doing anything wrong by inviting a crew of willing workers/friends to help out!
Number two: If they’re too young to be helpful, keep them at home. If they can be tasked, and someone is willing to task them, let them help!
Number three: Because there is no social activity that I have ever found to be so amazing as working alongside your friends. Trust me. Plus, you learn new skills, the kids learn to work hard and enjoy it, and at the end of the day, you’ve accomplished something together.
Number four: Perfect! Something especially for those of us who are too small to lift ginormous boards, or are not very suited to jumping from rafter to rafter. Those men will appreciate anything from a plate of cookies to a huge pot of chili. Just give it a try – you’ll see what I’m talking about. 🙂