The traffic light is a great metaphor for reviewing where you are in terms of project development and productivity or creativity in general.
Project Development – Are you at a standstill? Have you come to a red light? Full stop? Are you at a transitional time when you are in caution mode? Are you in the flow with the green light going full speed ahead? Knowing where you are on a project, in terms of the traffic light, is a helpful tool for monitoring your activity and progress.
Creativity – Everyone is creative in their own way. You can look at your personal or professional creatively in terms of the traffic light. Are you being creative and flowing, as in being in the green light? Or are you in a cautionary or transitional phase as in yellow. Maybe you are at a stopping point and are at the red light waiting for time or inspiration. Again the secret is to be aware and clear on where you are in terms of the traffic light.
Knowing where you are at the traffic light is a great tool for understanding your productivity and creative status. Green may be good, but too much green may be exhausting and unhealthy. A long time at yellow may mean you are in a transition and may need to try other things. This could include seek help from others such as a coach or make some required changes. Being in the red may be frustrating, but it can also be the well-needed rest. Red can also be the warning sign to make some changes
Try using the traffic light metaphor in measuring or examining some of your projects or activities. Let me know what you think.
A shout out to Shannon for getting me thinking about this today.