Why do some people, some teams, some companies create outstanding work, while others seem stuck in mediocrity? Why do some of us excel in creativity, have better ideas, and find ways to make ideas happen while others don’t?
One of the thoughts I’ve recently had was How Does Focus Affect Creativity? If you only get to work on something that might be disruptive and helpful for 30 minutes at a time you are most likely to just give up. I’m the one who will be working away when all of a sudden…. squirrel. I frequently go down the rabbit hole with the justification that its a better place.
I use a method I call “Dailies” which is using a simple text editor with a list of things. Simple categories Work, Personal and New Ideas. The “Squirrel Calls” goes down under New Ideas. Because it’s a simple text editor I can go crazy defining the thing. Next day I start over with a blank daily and enter things I need to do for just that day.
I also put the distractions on the Dailies with a minus hours (-.25) to show myself how much time I lost to distractions. I use a markdown syntax called ASCIIDoc to make the simple text file look great in a browser.
When I actually have some time I go back to Dailies and read through the new ideas after they have sat for a few days or a week. I’m amazed at how many of the ideas lose the “Shiny” New Thing status.
Follow your passion doesn’t work in the real world, take a few minutes and watch Mike Rowes YoutTube video about this topic. When I’m doing the things I love to do I appreciate them more because I don’t expect life to be full of them. Too much passion will kill you.