Creativity at work

Here's the last excerpt from the 99% conference (1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration). Teresa Amabile researches our emotional and creative work life. Here are some of her thoughts:

   1. Keep a work diary because you're busy. Being busy and overwhelmed means it's even more important for you to be able to take a step back and reflect. In the whirlwind of professional life, things get lost in the shuffle that can be rediscovered only through the daily ritual of keeping a diary. Find your own favorite medium - whether it's a moleskine, an online app, or a sketchbook - and make a habit of it.

   2. Celebrate your small wins. When you're bogged down by seemingly never-ending projects or ongoing daily tasks, it can be tough to find perspective. By recording what you do on the daily, you can recognize and celebrate your small wins. According to Amabile, incremental progress is the single most powerful motivator in the workplace.

   3. We're most productive when we're doing meaningful work. It's important to recognize what aspects of our work reward us the most. Reading through your diary entries can help you learn which projects and tasks you're most passionate about. Then you're empowered to redistribute (or phase out) those tasks that don’t resonate with you, and bring the most meaningful ones to the forefront.


When I drove by these silos I had a feeling there was a photo there. But I did have to do some straightening and other tweaks to bring it out.