We're all part of a team, whether its a family unit or an office space. When it comes to creativity, our networks are really important for getting the most out of your ideas. By sharing the load and putting trust in willing people, our ideas can grow on the back of many other ideas that compliment them. A network of connective shared responsibility gives rise to extremely strong foundations. How can we make the most out of our teams and networks though? It's not a matter of giving instructions, no-one made you the regent, we have to lead with equality, empathy, and care.
Don't Get In The Way
There's a big difference between leading and telling. When you tell a person you're taking their time and space, their focus is on you. You're in their way. Also, when we feel watched it can be quite disconcerting. When someone is watching our efforts over our shoulder we tend to feel caged in. Micromanaging everyone and their time will only result in problems with very little innovation. People in your network will stop wanting to put energy into your ideas and prefer to work on their own.
Get To Know People Properly
The people that come into your circle and show an interest in your direction and journey are not just tools for your progress. These people are your friends, colleagues, and competitors. It's important to realise that everyone is the most concerned with their own agenda. We have to understand and appreciate the desires, needs, and comforts of the people who are around us. Get to know them, bond with them, create proper working relationships. What about the competitors though? You might want to ask. You are not superhuman and cannot possibly serve the world all by yourself. If you understand what else is on offer it can help you make choices about providing something people will still want. Working together like proper adults always gets a better result.
Get Everyone On The Same Page
The communication has to be consistent, so that everyone in your circle knows exactly what you want from them and what they can expect from you. The general message has to be the same across the whole table, with personalised tools of understanding used only when in face to face interactions. We all have to be pointing in the same direction, like running a magnet across a piece of iron, we can get the atoms to all face the same way making it magnetic itself.
You're Not The Star You're A Planet
The star is the betterment and contentment of humanity, we orbit that star because we choose to. If you want to liken yourself to an astral body then the planets and moons make more sense. It's true that sociology talks about orbits and areas of influence like gravity and light, so the metaphor does work. We take our journey into creativity and innovation because our minds take to it like a monkey to a tree. We can't expect other people to orbit us unless we pay them, so be aware that it is the same goal that drives our networks to stick together, not you.
Listen with your mind open and your internal dialogue silent when people are talking to you. Then think and respond without judgement. Make amends when necessary and point out mistakes when they're so far unseen. We all make them, my typo average is around 5 per 1000 words. If I forget to check, I pay the price. Make sure everyone feels safe to talk about mistakes, failures, changed minds, and opposing views. Everything has to feel safe to talk about.
Your Team Is An Individual
We get to know people personally quite naturally but our team is an organism on its own. It has its own strengths and weaknesses, it has its limitations. Our team will have a distinctive personality that it quite separate to those of the people in it. People find cosy niches of being when on their own but when working for something they can completely change, finding it more comfortable to behave differently when in a professional or high-input setting. We have to be able to recognise our team as a working body that behaves in its own way.
Work Harder Than You'd Ask Others To
It's your big idea, your direction, and your progress that you are most concerned about. This means that you have to do the work. The people around you can prop you up, lend a hand, tie things together with their own project thus lifting both, maybe even volunteer for you, but it's you that has to do the lion's work. If you are serious about getting other people as equally enthusiastic and passionate as you about your idea, you have to pay them.
So many artists do their thing in silent hope that they'll be noticed and given a job of their dreams. They post to social media, they give everything great titles, and then they wait. Waiting for who exactly, they're not sure. Someone to see what they have and who can turn it into a magical life. Perhaps they visualise this future, imagine what it's like, and even though they're not there yet, they do as much of what the now will permit.
The fairy-tale is over. It's this for the rest of your life. You could try submitting your work to an agency, perhaps find someone who sees profit in you and allow them to make it. Or you could see the profit in you for yourself and become your own manager, your own agent, your own super-fan. If you can learn to represent yourself not only in your own little space but in the global metaphorical high-street then why pay someone to do it for you?
So what do you need to do in order to be a 'good manager'? You already have discipline, that's established. You have a hunger to learn, or you'd not be here reading this post. So what's missing? Let's look at some points.
Stop being competitive and selfish
Everyone on Earth just wants to have a nice day. Granted, for some that means the opposite of what is deemed suitable but let's go with the good today. We all just want to get along, do our work, and have a nice day. We don't want confrontation or threats, we don't want anything bad to happen to us. We see huge companies and political parties publishing damning headlines about each other, however this doesn't correlate to small business and creative entrepreneurs. People are behind the independent media and arts and they have feelings too.
If you can pay for a service that you need, then do that. You've not 'lost' because you paid them and no-one paid you, it's not a game of tennis. No-one is keeping count, think about why you sell less products or services, why are you not making the sale? Maybe you've not paid for the right service, the right training, the right advertising space.
Say What You Mean And Do What You Say
People will take you seriously. They will listen to your words and sense your emotions then make a judgement. So always remain calm and speak after thinking things through. If you find that you say the wrong thing or you have sound-bytes of intolerance running through your head then you need to be able to iron these out. If not, you risk upsetting, offending, and making people angry. Your sense of humour too is something that people can either love or hate. If you upset people or offend people or make people think you're never serious, they won't see you as an authority they can trust.
Keep your word, if you say you're a nice person then act like one. If you say you're liberal then act like one. If you are conservative, then don't pretend to be liberal! It's really important for people to be able to make accurate guesses and judgements about us based on our image, If their heuristic thinking methods don't work with you then they will not want to work with you at all.
Individual People Still Matter
So you represent something bigger than you, perhaps you created it. Maybe you are solely responsible for the bettering of humanity. You're still just a person with flesh and strains. Each person you encounter, no matter how meek or massive, they are the same size as you. Once this can be ingrained in your ability to appropriately respond, you will get much further with your agenda when dealing with these people. They are all potential customers, potential friends, and potential colleagues.
Create The Best Experience Of You And Your Work
You're a great artist, whether it's music, painting, drawing, writing, performance, or anything else, your skills need the best presentation. When people interact with your work, they need to feel overpowered by quality. Find out how to do every job for yourself or pay people what you can afford to have them do it for you. We're not all polymaths but we're generally all really good at one or two things. Once your product or service experience is amazing, people will want to pay for it all the more.
Be Brave Not Insane
If you're like me then it takes real courage to talk to people. Put a friendly request in the agenda and it's almost impossible. You don't want to disturb people, you don't want to be in the way. You don't want to be the reason someone has a bad day. Perhaps you don't want to have a bad day and you're worried they'll make you have one. I've been in all these shoes and I know how important it is to be able to respond to people as often as you can. When it comes to delivering your message, perhaps advertising is more relevant for you. Pay for the service. Other than that, be brave. Do your thing and put the blinkers on while you do it. Just don't forget to take them off again after.
When it comes to how you respond, remember you're an authority of your work. You're in charge and you're not responsible for other people's personal opinions and feelings. What you are responsible for is how you portray your service and your personality in public. The revenue report will determine if people like you and what you have to offer. If you can respond to people in a calm and considered way, take people seriously when they have an issue and take the rules seriously when people break them, then everyone knows where they stand.
If you have a skill that you're using to make a living then people are going to resent the fact that they do not. This can't be helped, and some employers make work life almost unbearable. It's not your fault they're miserable at work or they have more to do than you, you made your choices and they made theirs with what was available. This doesn't mean you can be nasty or rude. People will say things that undermine you sometimes, they'll say things that make you feel undervalued and unrecognised. It's this subconscious resentment and envy that manifests. Often people don't mean to be upsetting, and if they are it's because they're hurting. Remember to be kind and not cruel.
This Is Forever
It's never been a rat-race and there was no starting gun. It's just this, forever. Do your best and make as much positive impact as you can. Always stay hungry for improvement, and never think you're high and dry. Rules change, technology changes, trends change. People change too, and that means you. Nothing lasts for a moment longer than it is permitted to.
We've all been there, the blank page has so many possibilities yet they are all out of reach. Are we too tired or maybe too concerned? What's stopping you? Sometimes all the good ideas seem to be in other people's minds and we're left with re-runs of our own dilemmas to get in the way. How can we establish a thread when all our bobbins are spinning at once? Let's look at some tips that can help fuel and loosen creativity in all kinds of people.
A little hand-written note-book and pen are your best friends. In it you can jot down everything from the brilliant turn of phrase you heard in the shops to the story-line that made you wish you'd thought of it. Any good ideas that you have or you notice around you can all go in. When you have accumulated a few pages of randomness you will find that the moment has gone and the idea is no longer attached to what it was before. These bits and pieces can become foundations for novel and unique ways of telling a story or putting a point across. The thing you noticed in the coffee shop might be great when you apply it to the car, for example.
Relax Into Imagination
It's okay to wander off into day-dreams when you are actively on the lookout for inspiration. There is always a time and place where it's not going to impede on the rest of your day if you take an hour or two to disappear into your own self-created real-time adventure. It's in these realms of half truth and boundlessness that we are more able to piece together something truly worth writing down.
Do Something Creative
Okay so this is telling you to walk out of the door of the high security prison as cool as a breeze. Impossible? But what if you're a guard? Now it's in your power because you changed your uniform. This is imaginary and metaphorical, remember? Imagine you are blocked somehow with your story-line, but you take a look at your music keyboard and start writing a little ditty instead. Distracting yourself from the original task, your creativity has returned! It's just in a direction you didn't expect. Instead of fighting it, feeling frustrated, just allow the valve to open in a new direction and wait. Patience will reveal that your efforts will translate in the end.
Method Before Madness
So you don't know where to start. Let's look at the underlying principles of what you're trying to do. What is the outcome of your work? Which creative tools, ideas and rhetoric, will you choose to project the energy in a direction that provides your desired outcome? When we look at the mechanics and design of our ideas, then the way to bring them about will be easier to determine. We can begin crossing things off because they don't fit the plan. We can see the missing pieces rather than a blank page, a missing piece has a definite shape.
Maybe we don't know enough about what we really want to achieve or we don't know how to convey this in the best way. Hit the books. Find out what you're doing and discover what other people have done with the same agenda you might have. All art is there as an example for you to bounce from, all inventions are your food for thought in designing new and better devices.
Your body has a way of entering more dreamy and trance like states when undergoing endurance exercise. By going for a walk, run, swim, or some kind of light strain activity, after a while the mind will become loosened and more able to wander. The repetition and exertion all combine to provide a place for your active mind to address abstract and inventive thoughts.
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Leaders are the ones in charge, those who through either hard work or luck have found a seat at the head of a table. This happens to be anyone with a creative idea and the will to make it happen. We need vision and determination for any truly novel idea to surface. After-all, we want to improve lives, create jobs, and improve the wealth of where we live. That's what counts. We can't just go about doing these things though. To be in with a chance of succeeding a good leader can communicate their passion and resolve to those who join them. People who share our vision look to leaders to help them put their mind into motion. We know what we want, we might know how to get it, do we know how to communicate it?
Great Leaders Are Compassionate
Compassion means that we put other people's happiness into the equation. It means we consider other people's feelings and peace of mind before we act. It could be a warning sentence, preparing people for something unpopular, or perhaps you hold your emotions back just for a moment because you don't want to upset anybody. You might ask about military leaders. Was Alexander the Great compassionate? There will always be exceptions however to inspire troops, nationals, and financiers, he would have had to make sure everyone was happy or at least willing. Most of the time, leaders are not in charge of a fighting army.
When leaders are compassionate, those being led are made to feel secure that their well-being is being looked after. If a leader shows a lack of compassion then the team will be less willing to act on the leader's instruction. They will lose respect for their thinking and ideas, and ultimately become a less effective force. Leaders instil a sense of safety in their groups.
Great Leaders Show Selflessness
Selflessness is when we put our immediate needs and desires to one side and think about things from another's point of view. It inspires acts of generosity and courage. When we are selfless we do things for others without the element of benefiting the self. Business is not selfless, but leaders in business can be. By treating people in the way you would expect to be treated those same people will gain trust and respect in return. You've earned it, and if it's genuine selflessness you won't risk losing it.
We are all limited by the speed of our process of thought. Like light can only travel so far in such a given time, our enlightenment and understanding of a situation takes time too. We can only be asked to learn so much and grow so far in one given time. It may be that several steps are needed to reach a level we need. Selflessness can recognise this and even though we have the understanding, the others may not and so has no problem in breaking down the process of thought for them.
Great Leaders Are Mindful
There is a difference between imaginary mindfulness and the mindfulness that steps over the gap when boarding the train. Leaders show the latter. They don't spend their time with their head in a story-book or a daydream thinking of all the colours and textures around them. They are mindful of the present moment and the emotional landscape of the time. Mindfulness helps leaders to truly gauge a situation and offer relevant and harmonious commentary. This way they can act as glue between otherwise opposing views and agendas.
Mindful leaders are able to listen to those around them and be able to provide insightful and thought-out responses to situations and questions. Teams know they are valued when their leadership makes an effort to put thought into the way their communication is expressed. Consideration with courage makes for an effective head, it's the ability to think from multiple perspectives and then to act on the one that has the best outlook.
When it comes to running a team or simply applying yourself to a task, motivation is a key factor in the process of getting things done. We can easily lose a lot of time if motivation isn't at a suitable level. We all need a little help sometimes, and in a work environment it's generally the leader or manager whose job it is to motivate. But how is it done? We've seen good and bad motivators, more than likely, and we've probably played the role of motivator well or not so well in the past too. There are four specific kinds of motivation that work well for different people and different situations. They are as follows.
This form of coaching involves giving clear instructions with a little bit of force behind them. You may think of a drill sergeant but this can also be applied to situations such as medicine, kitchens, police, and any other circumstance where people's lives are put at risk. It also works well for situations where there are many people all looking for instruction. We can address a crowded room with a direct approach. Warehouses, office floors, staff-rooms and other places with lots of workers in them apply here.
Often a team of individuals can work independently from control. It is often the case that everyone knows what they are doing and by simply being present in the situation, they will carry on with it. You being there is motivation enough to stick to the job they are meant to be doing. If you set a good example and carry on with your work, the team will follow. This is a common practice in smaller teams of workers whose job does not involve vital life and death processes like making sure chicken is thoroughly cooked. If workers can't see you because they are positioned too far away, the passive approach doesn't work so well. You will need to be more direct.
Sometimes an employee or friend will approach us with a problem or a request for something to do. Non-directive leadership requires the leader to question the individual and tease out the answer from their own ideas. By encouraging others to use their initiative and to be more relaxed about their ideas, leaders can get more out the team than they put in.
This style, like the name suggests, requires us to adapt to the shape we are in. Sometimes the people around us will not respond to the type of motivation we prefer or the rules suggest. From time to time we have to find a balance between all three leadership styles and personalise this for each team member. We are all unique individuals and this makes it important to listen to feedback and watch for cues that may require us to rethink our approach.
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The world is always changing. New technologies and new opportunities always arise alongside new troubles and problems. Novelty and stress are two permanent characters in life's theatre although they change their clothes regularly. It's always a good time to learn new skills and take on new challenges, even if the challenge is to rest for a few days. If that feels like a challenge to you then you probably need it. Quality leaders are quite rare in today's society. I can't say for previous times. There are unique qualities that we all look for when considering who we choose to turn to.
Certain things in human behaviour are necessary for leaders to establish themselves. Oppression doesn't work and that's a good thing. Leaders do not rule, they lead. And that requires consent. If a leader walks forward, the crowd walks forward of their own volition. It is often the case that leaders do not ask to be in charge, people just follow them because of their natural leadership behaviour.
Here are some factors that really matter, and will still matter even if computers take over the world.
Abstract thought and the ability to create linear thought from it is what gives us new things. Linear thought is a process of stages, we can only change one at a time. Abstract thought is a process of observation and description. This gives us a much higher mental resolution of a situation and an eye for detail. Creative leadership is an essential skill and tool for handling groups of people who are looking for subtle or not so subtle guidance. Big data computers can look at lots of facts in one go but it's not abstract, it's all unitary information. A grain of sand can be a universe once we stop looking at it with linear thought.
We put our faith in leaders. We trust that they are leading us in the right direction. It's impossible to trust people who do not demonstrate trustworthiness. How can we show that we are trustworthy? It's a matter of example. Always be prepared to answer truthfully and speak without hiding various truths. If it's a trade secret then say so, if it's private information then say no, it's private. Being up-front with people and honest about your well-meaning objectives will gradually earn the trust you deserve. The moment you behave in a way that people do not trust with their own reputation, they will no longer want to follow your example.
We all come from different backgrounds and homes. Our parents got emotional about different things. They all taught us to live life in different ways. When we all meet this can be an issue if it's not respected. It takes a leadership mentality to allow for cultural differences. It's easy to feel the need to judge when we're shocked by a strange behaviour or ideal. We may have heard things about it before. The respect we all deserve becomes essential when this happens. Other people will feel comfortable with you if you show respect in situations where others may have been rude or judgemental. It's fine to ask questions and demonstrate an uneasiness, but remember we are all human and have different ways of doing things. It is better to judge oneself an one's own society than to sniff at the actions of another's.
So it's a strange time for us all, many of us are locked away at home with only minimal human contact. For some this is normal, for others it's a real strain. Having children at home and not being able to get out to do things can become tedious. Anyone with children knows that the six-weeks holiday is taxing, and this is different because there's very little on for our children to do. Even those without little ones to keep entertained and educated, there will be long days ahead where we struggle to keep our mind away from the doom and gloom. In this time of sudden change and anxiety, Homunculus Media will continue to provide the same quality content it always does.
This is a comprehensive list of resources and ideas for you, our readers, to make use of. It's not a complete list, by far, however it's hoped these ideas can kick start your positivity in troubling times.
You may already be long-term readers, but if you're not then why not start with us? Alternative Fruit is packed full of music reviews, creativity journalism, soft-skills education, and links to all kinds of great online adventures. You can expect to discover a lot all in one place.
After this site, why not explore The Electro Review? This is a sister site to Alternative Fruit and contains electronic music reviews. It's the opposite of this site in many regards. Where-as here we focus on a wide range of things with one thing in common, creativity, over there we focus on only electronic music. If you like that sort of thing then it's an amazing opportunity to discover new sounds.
The Smithsonian Institute just unveiled a plethora of public domain images. If you fancy a go at digital collage or need something to base an idea on then go ahead and browse. Maybe you're looking for art inspiration, something to put in a story, or you might just be one of those people who loves pictures of random things, like I am.
Google Arts and Culture now have 2500 virtual museum tours for free. Visitors can go online and observe exhibits and explanations from all over the world. Perhaps the smells are missing but the sights and often sounds are available today. How long will it take to do a world museum tour?
Self-isolation can mean self-education. There are loads of online courses out there, many are for free. If it's casual skills and interest from top universities you're looking for then why not look into the Futurelearn website? Their offers are free for well over enough time to complete the material. Certifications are affordable if you want one, too.
If it's qualifications you're looking for then also online holds the key. Rather than forking out thousands for a college classroom and tutor, online learners can pay into a video and web-based learning environment that dramatically cuts cost. It's so viable that real-life qualifications from John Academy in everything from aromatherapy to web-design are available for £10. This is international, folks,
There is a fertile jungle of varied and quality education across the internet and you can find links to a lot of it on our Certified section.
Any musicians among you? Now is your time to get into the groove. Improve, expand, develop, and nurture your talent like never before. There are loads of free resources out there for musicians, and if you want to find specific sheet music then look no further.
Art is always a winner. You'll need materials aplenty. You can still get your online delivery through the post or from Amazon. Use our links on the homepage to those places to help us out. Why not try a new style or medium? It can be your chance to completely evolve your skill-set. You can find all kinds of art-instruction on our Choose Love page.
Podcasts are a great resource. They're online listenables that come in small or medium sized files. Expect a wide variety of them, some of which may not be to your liking. Alternative Fruit has featured a selection of Podcasts in three separate posts which can be found here, here, and here. We aim to get another one up soon, too.
If it's audiobooks you love then we have our own playlist of them on YouTube. It's a great starting place. For an even bigger collection of curated and quality, free content, why not visit Audiobook Box. If you really want to explore the wealth of audio-literature available then go ahead and sign up for Audible. They have a free trial period so there's nothing to lose.
Provided you've enough paper and ink, you can print out thousands of colouring pages that are free to download. There's a great selection here and here.
Also, why not browse Open Culture's list of over 1500 free online films? They've got a massive selection perfect for those long days stuck indoors.
There should be plenty there for everyone! You can of course find plenty more to do with a little imagination. Go ahead and enjoy yourselves, stay safe, and watch out for the vulnerable members of society who are all relying on us now more than ever.
People are resistant to change, we're all creatures of habit and it takes extra work to change those habits. Most of the time, we are all too tired to do that extra work. There's enough going on without the need to change. This is why often necessary changes are imposed on us. Think of this recent outbreak of Covid-19. If the authorities in the hardest-hit places were to sit back and let people choose to self-isolate, how many would ignore the advice? There are those who would prefer to put their trust in a shouty bald guy on YouTube rather than leagues of independently trained and independently thinking scientists. In some respects, it's their right to put their trust in who-ever they want however in other respects, there has to be a point where law takes over. We can't just do what we want, it protects us from harm.
This brings us to hard power revolution. This is where force is used to bring about change in society. Hard power is inherently destructive, it ruins lives, often leaves people dead, and it breaks down the routine in favour of a new one. Perhaps there are times when hard power is the only choice, a last resort to put an end to perpetual suffering. More often though, soft power can apply the right changes without doing any harm. Soft power is the art of creating new systems and routines to replace the old which society gladly adopts. This is done through communication, literature, art, music, and philosophy. We know what we want, we know what's right, and if that can be focussed on an idea that works, then it will manifest - with a little help from an innovator.
What do we need to think about when innovating for society? What processes matter to the general population so that our work can be successful? How do we have to think?
Your idea needs to work for one person and a million people with the same results. We all start small, where are you going to stop though? Could it be feasible to implement your idea across the entire world? There are costs, there is labour, there are cultural differences that really matter to people, there is the need to trust other people to do their job to your standard. Can you scale your idea? Would you be able to see this through, will the arithmetic add up, can you handle all that responsibility?
People need to feel connected to your idea. In order for the idea to grow and be adopted, the people involved all have to have a sense of belonging. Can they interact and co-exist with your work? If your idea evolves in the wild, with input from its users, implementers, and its creator as one force, it will be more easily adopted by those involved. Your work belongs to everyone once it starts being used.
Look around you, see what there is an abundance of. Make that your starting point. We all pay dearly for requiring expensive ingredients for our products. The rarer and more sought-after a thing is, the higher its price. We ultimately pass this on to the customer and so only certain people can reach our product. In order for something to be accessible for the general population, it has to be able to make use of abundant things. It has to be affordable.
Talk to other innovators. This can't be just your idea, for something to extend into society as a whole then it has to become something outside of the individual. Of course, your precise product is irreplaceable and unique, no-one can touch it. The thinking behind it though, that belongs to everyone who appreciates your idea. They want to help implement it for the good of those around them. After-all, it was for the good of society in the first place wasn't it?
Be transparent. It's essential that society can see your process, understand what you do and why, and know what their role is. Don't be shy about making money, being good at something, and don't try to keep secrets. Trust is vital for populations to want to associate with you or your work. You need to be able to be there for people to examine until their heart is content. It doesn't feel nice, tough. You're going to have to get used to it.
What is the point of your idea for the user? Is it going to benefit the user in a way that ultimately makes it worthwhile? If your idea benefits society but not the user first-hand then it probably won't take off. People want incentives and they need their own reason. We have to think of both things at once. What does it do for them, what does it do for all. They need not be the same thing, but they can be as well.
Finally, this brings us to the ultimate goal of your idea. What is it actually going to do? Can you sustain it and can it sustain itself in society? How will you merge the doing good for everyone theme with being able to put it to use? What is the ultimate goal of the idea? In what ways does your idea benefit society? Are you sure it will benefit society or are you just guessing based on your own political ideas? These things matter the most because if you implement your process well the result will change the world for good or for worse.
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So many unfinished projects! What's stopping you? Where are you going with this? It can be difficult to manage our own time effectively, we have to rise above our desires to procrastinate. Being a creative person requires many layers of work that each have their own flavour and guidelines. We have to be able to see it through on each level. Often it's a matter of motivation. If you're not short on the rent and looking to eat properly, what keeps you working? Even if it does result in your necessary income, we can still fall into the trap of not doing enough. Work that ends up in people's lives has to be completed to a high standard. Let's look at how we can achieve this by ourselves.
Break The Loop
We all have routines that keep us on the right track. Hopefully our routines are comprehensive enough to keep up busy all week. This can be limiting though. We can get bored and tired of routines and we can also neglect things that we forget to include. The little things and the big things matter just the same in professional circles and that ultimately means more work. Break from the loop to take a holistic look at what you're achieving and see what you can adapt and bring up to standard. Take time to break from the merry-go-round and listen to its music. You may find there are plenty of little and simple jobs just waiting for you to notice.
You're a creative person, so be creative as much as you can. If we stick to one process or one art-form for too long then it can cause our talent to look tired. Even bands that have a synonymous sound shift their album direction and particular highlighted techniques every time they make something new. Their stage show changes and the merchandise has updated styles. This is how you need to think in order to bring out the best in your work. Your projects will be richer and more accessible for it.
Harness Your Emotions
Emotions come naturally to all of us. Some have a higher degree of feeling that comes with them. They can cause us to be rude, obnoxious, foolish, and many more things. They can also give us the impetus to draw on incredible creative energy. For positive or negative, our emotions provide us with a stimulus to create from a deep and primal source. Whether we use our work to distract us or use our work to feel deeply, if we can maintain an awareness of our need to stay positive in the workplace, emotions can be highly motivational.
Be A Helpful Manager
Managing our own time is not much different to managing someone else's. If we can be a good manager for ourselves, make reasonable demands and issue reasonable rewards, things will flow more smoothly. We need to be consistent, and we have to nurture trust. This requires us to be predictable in quality and in availability. We have to be able to put down the games and pick up the pen. Not only this, we also have to make sure that time is taken to do things properly and well. Make sure that you have the self-control needed to switch off the entertainment and make space for work. Not just today but everyday.
How is education related to our mental health?
Knowledge is power, and that means ability to make changes. Understanding any of life's journeys helps us to get further than before. Many of us have unsettling experiences with education. Perhaps school felt more like prison and the benefits of learning were lost among anxiety and pressure. Maybe the teachers didn't engage and as you were left out of conversations your attainment fell further and further behind. Perhaps you were advised to study a subject you didn't want to study and now wish you'd taken something else. There can be all kinds of negative experiences around education, however now you have the control. As an adult you can be at the helm with your learning. But why bother?
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Life is about growth. When we're young, we grow in height and then finish around the same time we leave school. The mind and our personalities don't stop there though. People grow up in maturity until old age. The more life we live, the more awareness we gain of its processes and quirks. By accepting the need to grow we can find that education specifically for our needs and wants is actually really beneficial. Often mental health problems arise because we feel stagnated and isolated. By walking our life's path with a willingness to grow and learn, we can prevent these feelings.
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New skills mean new opportunities. Better opportunities mean a better quality of life. Often the difference between two outcomes is the opportunity offered. Two equally as smart people can end up in two opposite sides of society. Education ensures that we always have the potential to climb societies ranks through knowledge and hard work.
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By gaining new insights and understanding of things that interest us we gain a satisfaction and enjoyment. It really does feel good to know, especially when we have an interest in the subject. Also, achieving goals in education helps us feel that we are doing our best. Achieving targets of learning gives us an impetus to feel pleased with ourselves and nurture self-respect.
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Education often involves meeting new people. Even online, there will be forums and discussions available for like-minded learners to meet. When we find people willing to talk about the things we are interested in, it can really help us feel connected. Finding groups of people who enjoy what we enjoy can really help our social life and ability to like ourselves.
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Learning gives us a sense of identity. We are what we do in many respects and so what we do has to be something that makes us happy. Our identity in the world depends on what we choose to learn and work at. Of course there are other factors like clothes and music taste, however our function in society plays a large role in how others perceive us. By choosing something that we feel comfortable with and feel happy to do, we find that our sense of self-esteem is given a natural boost.
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