Saturday, 25 April 2015

Giddy Up-Up! The Real Secret To Productivity ,What's In Your Creative Bag? & 5 Rules For Making An Impact

The first part of the title of this post came from watching a blooper reel from a well known show. In fact, it is arguably one of the most successful comedy shows in history; the show was called Seinfeld.

The outtake started with Kramer ( played by Michael Richards) saying that very line.  It all went downhill after that, in the funniest way imaginable. The momentum of the scene was quoshed by a very literal technical problem. C'est la vie.

When it comes to work, maintaining your pace and state of play can be an issue over long stretches of time. But there are ways around this :-

The real secret to productivity.

All the methods listed within the article are valid and workable ( pun intended). My own take on this, is that I work much better when I get up even half an hour earlier and get into the more cerebral aspects of working AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This post, for example, was mentally sketched out in rough form by 9am.

Because I was already 'in the zone' mentally whilst eating my breakfast and then showering up, I was in 'ready to go!' mode from the minute I walked into my office. In fact, I was literally champing at the bit to just start typing. I Just wanted to get it all written down in some form , minimising the urge to stop and edit too much along the way.

The 'go for it!' philosophy works a treat when you're inspired, and can have the courage to put aside the 'what if's' or doubts about why you're doing it, for long enough to get it done. It's a creative mindset, and can apply to other avenues and outlets too :- 

What's in your creative bag?

Times have changed enough for anyone to start a film, make an album, make a video, start a company..you name it, within hours of coming up with an idea. That obviously means there's a ton of stuff that has to defeat the law of averages with regards to success in each field. But the rate of change, coupled with the 'hive mind' effect, produces larger ripples and impacts , than ever before. As a result, the 'doing' part of the equation is where the energy is expedited in increasing numbers.

That wouldn't have been possible 10 or 15 years ago, due to the lack of internet based tools and technology , which have been facilitating this in recent times. Social media wasn't on the map, and for all the controversy and subsequent discourses it has facilitated in the last few years (e.g :- loss of privacy, unauthorised data mining and sharing etc) , it's had a lot of positive effects on business and integrated systemic thinking ( the 'hive mind' effect once again).

Admitedly I've had my share of nonsense on there and it's swings and roundabouts, depending on what and how you interact with the networks and the people within. But there's more good than bad available from the experience(s), if you're smart enough to work with it and keep your integrity and authenticity in check, when communicating and interacting. 

Not wanting to complain and just getting on with it, is a philosophy that this lady has embraced wholeheartedly :-

Tina Roth Eisenberg; don't complain, create.

I agree with Tina, wholeheartedly. I wish I could be a part of a team that looked as fun. That's also something I'm working on, as it's good to have a 'gang' to work and hang out with.

And on that note, I'm starting to champ at the bit because I'm starving. I didn't have the patience to make myself a proper breakfast, so I'm now wondering wether I should have a big snack, or wait another few hours and have a heavy lunch. But then that would mean I'd have to..

yadda yadda yadda.

I'll stick it out till lunch. I've got to do minor tweaks to a number of other things, and give this the once-over, too

Unless of course, YOU want to buy me lunch? In which case..

*looks for keys*

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