Jeroen Bakker sent in a great list of suggestions as a follow up to last week’s “Drifting” post.
Jeroen Bakker on Drifting
I sure know this feeling of sleepwalking through a day when there’s too much to do and too many ideas floating around but you just don’t seem to get real things done.
Reading a book works great indeed, but sometimes you need a bit more to really distance yourself. In that case taking a short break, even for a weekend, and going to some nice hotel somewhere helps me to recharge.
Other options that I find working well:
- just stop the things you need to do and start helping others doing the things they need to do (that’s more invigorating than it probably sounds);
- putting to do’s aside and doing some more creative work like designing;
- watch a movie;
- clean my desk, do the dishes or do some other simple task at hand;
- read interesting blog posts :-)
This is a good list. I think the key thing is to recognize that you are sleepwalking.
“To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. ”
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- Innovation Needs Starvation, Pressure, and a New Perspective
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- Starvation of familiar resource, forcing you to find new approaches, doing things in a different way;
- Pressure that forces you to engage in the problem;
- Perspective Shift to allow different patterns and ideas to be brought into play.
- Step Back To See Yourself In The Problem
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