There are times in work and life when things are going so well. It seems we’ve got everything under control… nothing could be better. And there are times when that is not the case. Our frenetic, demanding work environments cause a great deal of stress. This stress limits our ability to experience and enjoy life and work, to be creative in the process, to create things and solve problems others.
How can we have more of these days when things are ‘going so well?’
Well, here are a few scenarios elicited by designer Stefan Sagmeister in which he finds himself most satisfied in work and life:
- Thinking about ideas and content freely – with the deadline far away.
- Working without interruption on a single project.
- Using a wide variety of tools and techniques.
- Traveling to new places.
- Working on projects that matter to me.
- Having things come back from the printer done well. (think manufacturer, employee, contractor…)
A simple technique of my own is, ‘Do more of what I love, and less of what I don’t.’ It sounds simple, but to truly put it in practice involves using the word, ‘No,’ more often than were accustomed.
‘No’ is tough for many people who don’t want to hurt or annoy others, we want to be seen as effective citizens of the world. But the reality is that making a choice to do less of something and more of something else is a short-term sting, a necessary evil to allow you to focus on doing bigger and better things that really matter.
Let go of a few things, and be comfortable with it. Some things may fall apart, and some people may get angry, but that’s life. Take some time to think through what you’d really love to accomplish, and do it.
What other techniques have you applied to live and work more creatively?
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