Yes, I was starting to say "obligation."
There are some obligations I enjoy, though. Some of my work I enjoy a lot, and some household chores I enjoy.
Other parts of my work and some other household chores aren't enjoyable at all.
So the line doesn't really seem to be between work and play per se. I think the categories might be "flow" or not.
The stuff that engages me, gives me quick feedback, and is a meet-able challenge are the things that I enjoy (whether they're officially "play" or "work").
The stuff that's overwhelming, ill-defined, or just terribly boring are the things I don't enjoy (whether they're officially "play" or "work.")
Household stuff I love:
- Organizing (I'm currently completely reorganizing our family room, which includes my and sozlet's workspaces, and all of our books, which has so far involved making five large pieces of Ikea furniture, moving a bunch of furniture, moving a bazillion books, and doing a bunch of paperwork, art and office supply organization, all on my own).
- Cooking (that's relatively new, I used to hate it, because I didn't know what I was doing and it wasn't a flow experience).
- Dramatic cleaning (immediate noticeable effect).
Household stuff I sometimes hate and sometimes merely dislike:
- Sweeping, dusting, etc. If it's gotten really bad I don't mind it and sometimes really enjoy it. When it's just maintenance stuff where you can't even really see the difference I get really bored.
- Gardening. I try to like it but my yard is so overwhelming and I still haven't gotten on top of it. I keep hoping it will change a la cooking but it hasn't yet. It doesn't help that I'm allergic to something out there and a day of yardwork pretty much always leads to a couple of weeks of feeling like crap.
- Bathroom cleaning. Same thing about dramatic, maintenance stuff bores me.