All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Idiom

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Definition

Dedicating all of one’s time to work without taking breaks or engaging in leisure activities can lead to a dull and unfulfilled life.

Examples

I try to remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so I take time out to have fun on the weekends

My boss should remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so he should give us more breaks to go outside and have fun

Origin

The phrase origins date back to the 1600s and is attributed to English playwright James Howell.