Rick Peterson suggests that practicing mindfulness in the way we approach tasks can not only help organize thoughts but reduce stress as well. Here are some mindful tips to try out when looking to get your passion project off the ground:
- Write it down. Carve out a set amount of time each day to sit down without distractions and sketch, write or otherwise visualize your ideas on paper. You might find writing out your thoughts each night before you sleep helps you unwind at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re a visual thinker and prefer to sketch out your ideas at the beginning of the day over coffee. With either choice, the point is to make sure you’re allowing yourself the time to quiet your mind and focus.
- Meet mindfully. It can be easy to get side-tracked when you’re meeting with a group of people about a potential idea or project. Whether your meetings are in a formal office or across the table in a coffee shop, practice mindful meetings by closing your laptop, putting your phone away and focusing on the task at hand. Not only will it reduce stress and make your meeting more productive, it will also allow you to apply yourself at a deeper level and show your peers that you care about their time and input.
- Be intentional with your time. It may seem counterintuitive but taking breaks can help you have a more productive day. When you feel your energy start to wane, give yourself a time-out. Take a 15-minute walk, run the stairs or spend some time drawing in your notebook. Pay attention to your schedule and start to plan your meetings and tasks around breaks so that you’re working during periods of the day when you’re the most energized. Or even try taking an ideation vacation.
I love this quick check-up. It’s so easy to say “I just don’t have the time!” We can always find the time.
Thanks, Rick Peterson Sr. director of global alliance marketing & biz dev @Wacom | Bamboo and chief inspiration officer. Always #MakingIdeas.
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