Showing posts with label creativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creativity. Show all posts

Apr 24, 2016

Belligerence

computer beside a banjo
Dear Reader,

What's the biggest asset you can have as an employee in a modern 21st century organization? Wow, that's a loaded question.

Is it raw talent and mastery of your skills, or by proxy, a fancy certificate on the wall that convinces people that you can do the job?

Nov 27, 2015

Do you hear that sucking sound?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/11/introvert-project-vacuum.html
Do you hear it?

That's the sound of a project vacuum, and you might be in one now!

When a project starts, everyone's pumped and ready to change the world. The kickoff meeting is epic. Everybody has a job to do. The future looks bright and airy.

Until, some months later, it isn't.

Jan 31, 2015

Life Lesson: Don't Be A Joiner

Nobody likes being pulled onto somebody else's bandwagon. This seems like a fairly obvious thing, but why do we allow this to happen to us when we're on the job? When I started my software career over a decade ago, like so many young people I craved a sense of purpose and looked to the outside world to give it to me, by gaining the respect and admiration of my peers.

Dec 28, 2014

Make A Fresh Start With A New Year's Undo!

I'd like to take this chance to wish you, my loyal reader, an early Happy 2015! It's that time of year to celebrate what's been accomplished in the year that's almost over and, you read it correctly, make some undo's for the new year! So, what's that exactly?

Over the past few years, I've gotten into the habit of skipping the usual guilt-inducing new year's resolutions in favor of something a lot more powerful and life altering. Why? Because it actually freaking works, that's why!

Dec 6, 2014

Boost Your Self Esteem In 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back readers! This is another article in my series about improving your self confidence at work.  As stressed out employees and overwhelmed introverts, we've all gone through several experiences at the office where we begin to question whether we're really cut out to be working in our jobs, and if we're really worthy of having the title that goes under our name.  These episodes of diminished self confidence typically come up when we have moments of low self esteem, and we're looking for a way to justify our negative thoughts and feelings.

Nov 29, 2014

Don't Be An Entrepreneur, Just Work For Yourself

When you were growing up, did you ever want to be rich or famous? Or maybe both? I certainly had these ambitions when I was younger, when I wanted to make a loud and flashy entrance into the business world.

When I look back at that self-portrait in my mind, I'm astounded by how different of a person I've become. I've achieved a lot of goals, but the ones that I'm most proud of didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. I might have wanted to make millions by the time I was 30, and I didn't do that, but I still became rich beyond my wildest dreams.


Nov 21, 2014

Take Back 30 Minutes Now: 3 Easy Ways

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people reading this wish they could have more time in a day to get their work done. I certainly do, but for years I got confused by the concept of "time management" and assumed that it involved the copious use of day planners and a rigid second-by-second accounting of my time. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

Thankfully, I was wrong about that. So wrong. You don't need a time management system to reclaim your schedule back. You just need to keep reading!

Nov 14, 2014

3 Easy Ways To Dish It Back (To An Extrovert)

When I was younger, I used to dream about what it would be like to be all grown-up, and work in a grown-up job with no more school lessons, and no homework. I had this wonderful idea of being in a perfect job, with perfect colleagues, and enjoying a long rewarding career. Well, that was the dream, and then "reality" splashed me in the face when I grew up. No job is perfect, and our colleagues certainly aren't perfect, at least not like we imagined they would be.

Nov 9, 2014

BEST. DAY. EVER. These gutsy introvert moves will give you the ultimate edge at work!

Hey there fellow introvert, how goes the struggle at work? Sometimes, after a long hard week at the office, it can be tough to find some reasons why we still like our job and want to keep working with the people around us.

I used to work in an office every day, and I had no shortage of reasons to be frustrated with my coworkers and the impossible situations they put me in every day. As a person working in the software field, the people around me would never hesitate to ask me to pull off miracles for them when they needed a last-minute technology fix.

Oct 25, 2014

3 Signs You're Over Stimulated At Work

When was the last time you really got to concentrate at work?  I'm not talking about just shutting your door for just a few minutes (if you have one) and drowning out the noise for a few minutes. I'm talking about the kind of concentration where you lose track of time and nothing else matters, except the thing you are working on.

Oct 19, 2014

The Bland Entrepreneur

If you're reading this, you're probably working in a job that you need but do not like, or one that you do not need, but you're unsure of where to go next in your career.

Is this you?  This was me just a few years ago.  Honestly, my life felt like one big contradiction, and I couldn't quite make sense of where I was, and where I was going.

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Aug 31, 2014

5 Magic Words That Speed Up Your Conversations At Work

Comic Book Background - End Your Conversations!
If you work in an office, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with a wide variety of personalities on a daily basis. As an introvert, I can honestly say that one of the biggest threats to my concentration and creativity at work was the looming prospect of getting derailed into a lengthy conversation with a coworker. This would typically result in my brain getting over-saturated with loads of new unconnected information, causing me to lose focus in my projects for lengthy periods of time.

Aug 24, 2014

The #1 Threat To Creativity At Work, and How To Fix It

If you work in an office, how many times have you been immersed in workplace seminars, or lectures from your manager, on the subject of increasing productivity? Do you consider yourself to be a productive person? Are you afraid to answer that question?

In today's workplace, we are inundated by extroverted values and attitudes, in a number of obvious and subtle different ways. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the image of the ├╝ber productive employee has been deliberately crafted with a bias towards measuring a person's verbal output, rather than measuring their actual results over a period of time.

Aug 17, 2014

How To Be A Creative Introvert At Work

Do you consider your day-to-day job an outlet for creative expression? If you do not, it may surprise you that many people actually do.  Because of this, they find themselves in careers such as information technology or graphic design, where it is virtually impossible to have a steady job description. Furthermore, many people actually prefer to work this way, and would dread the thought of going to the office and doing exactly the same thing every day.

Aug 2, 2014

How to Put An End to Your Multitasking

Martini Glass with file folders - Multitasking - Drunk With Distractions
If there is one element of our modern society that I wish we could eliminate, or at least tone down, it is our propensity towards embracing "multitasking" as a source of productivity. Where did the multitasking movement come from, and why has it been accepted as a cure-all for getting our work done, when us introverts know so well that it isn't a sustainable way for us to lead our professional lives?

Jul 8, 2014

When Being Agreeable Is Not Helpful: How to Embrace Your Introversion In Business

Do you habitually agree with what somebody is telling you, without really thinking about what you are being told? In our small talk-laden society, it is natural for us to expect that we will engage in several conversations at a superficial level, where the expectation on your part is to simply acknowledge what is being said, to allow the discussion to flow through unobstructed to the next topic. Although we might expect this to be a normal characteristic of small talk, when does this become risky behaviour?

Jun 22, 2014

Don't Let the Clock Rule Your Creative Life

Stopwatch drawing on blank canvas
Schedules. Deadlines. Meetings. Time commitments. Some days, it feels like our entire life is governed by that ubiquitous, soulless ticking machine which can only take our time away from us and never give it back. Such is the life of the modern-day office worker, whose opportunities for creative output are defined by the dreaded shared calendar, and small bits of time between an endless stream of meetings.

This can be the eternal struggle for the creative person with an introverted mindset, always able to go off in a multitude of directions and countless trains of thought, amidst the reality of ever-approaching project deadlines and milestones. Unfortunately, I think it is a safe bet that deadlines will always be a part of our daily lives, as long as our jobs are the main outlet for our creative work. Having said that, I think it's also quite possible for us to "overcompensate" for our unstructured creative tendencies, to the point where we become our own worst enemy, by regimenting our schedules in such a way that we cannot let our creative energies out to breathe, and do what they do best.