Running on Empty
It’s hard to believe that I am in the final few months of my term as President of SMPS Kentucky. Yes! You only have to listen to my ramblings in this newsletter a little longer! Filling this role has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in my career, and I have learned so much. It seems silly, but one of the hardest tasks for me each month has been developing the content for this section of the newsletter. Finding meaningful thoughts to share with you is something that I have taken very seriously, and hopefully one or two of my thoughts have resonated with you along the way. I share this with you because as I began thinking about this month’s issue, I found myself running on empty. I had zero ideas and didn’t even know where to begin. As I was lamenting my plight with my fellow board members, they quickly chimed in, “Hey, maybe that’s it! What do you do when you run out of ideas?”
A quick Google search returned numerous articles outlining suggestions to help you overcome running out of creative content ideas or creative steam. And let’s face it, if it’s on the Internet it must be true! While they all had similar themes, I really enjoyed a post by Susan Baroncini-Moe on Lifehack (www.lifehack.org) and want to share her thoughts on the topic of productivity.
Susan’s first tip is to acknowledge that you’re not really out of ideas. This seems so simple, but I hadn’t even thought of it this way. We’ve all experienced a block at some point, but are any of us still sitting there trying to figure out a solution a year later? Doubtful. While frustrating, most blocks are temporary and we manage to find a way through them.
Her next tip is to evaluate your stress and anxiety levels, as both can hinder the creative process. Life is stressful! Personally and professionally we all need healthy ways to cope with that stress. Find a hobby, get outdoors, exercise. Just DO something! This couples well with Susan’s next tip which is sometimes you just have to walk away from what you’re working on. Staring at a blank screen and willing yourself to think can be counterproductive. Take a break to refocus and reenergize your effort.
Susan closes with several tips that center around interacting with the world around you to come up with new ideas. Ideas generally don’t just appear out of thin air; they are typically related to experiences in your everyday life. What are the current trends in your industry? What about outside of your industry? Pay attention to what your competitors are doing and stay up-to-date on current events and pop culture news. You never know what will inspire your next idea, so take in as much information as you can and you will have more to pull from when you need it.
I plan on employing all of these tactics moving forward, and to ensure that I don’t run out of gas as we wrap up another amazing SMPS year. Note: To read the entire post, please visit https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/what-to-do-when-you-run-out-of-ideas.html.
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