12 May Creative Resolutions (VI)
This series is bent on making readers more aware. Yet, being aware of ways to make your life and business better is not even half the battle, not even a quarter. Implementing these practices (or any practice which proves beneficial) and keeping said practices regular is the true test. However, getting stuck in the same pattern can prove counter-productive.
Today’s article will feature a fictitious character, Alice. Now, on to the next numbers.
What do most of us do when the computer freezes? We turn it off and turn it on again. Let’s see how this applies to the workday.
Alice sits at her desk with a deadline staring her in the face. She has hit a creative roadblock. Less than twenty four hours remain to hand in her marketing update which includes web traffics reports, a number of website updates and a finalized logo revision. Rather than sitting here for another 15 minutes with nothing to show for it she performs her “reset.” Alice stands, takes off her coat, throws it over the computer screen and walks to the water cooler. She pours two glasses of water and walks to the nearest window. She looks outside and forgets all about work for the next two to three minutes. Suddenly a smile comes to her face and she walks back to her desk.
Often work behaviors become so ingrained that it becomes hard to stray from the formula. Sometimes it’s best to approach a task at a different angle.
Alice pulls her coat from the computer screen. She usually prints her web traffic reports at the very end of her day but chooses to get it done now, 10:00a.m. Next, Alice reviews the 10 options for the new logo and decides to let the public narrow it done. Rather than wasting time worrying over every options she writes a quick article polling public opinion. She knows this posts automatically to all company social media outlets. Now she has the rest of her day free to focus on updating the website.
Taking the good and making it better is one drive behind our evolving societies.
With all the website updates complete and 5:00p.m. approaching Alice takes a look at the poll results from her earlier post asking for the public to vote on their favorite logo. From the ten she picks three, prints them and lays them side by side. The answer is flat out apparent. Two of the three overlay into a single logo with all the positive qualities. With a few quick adjustments she has the finalized logo and her day is complete. She not only reinvented the logo, she reinvented her work day.
The next day her boss is highly satisfied with everything Alice brought to the table.
Keep your day and your work fresh. Get creative.