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.
Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered published written in 2014 is a quick and helpful read for all ages, Share Something Small Everyday is a simple yet wonderful concept explained and nicely diagramed in chapter 3. This concept is perfect for aspiring creatives and artists to understand and immediately begin the process. Share Something Small Everyday is also a great strategy for young high school S.T.E.M. students who want to start distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack
Open Up Your Cabinet of Curiosities , chapter 4 brings home the gem “Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do – sometimes even more than your own work.” Kleon. In this regard, Austin believes you should always give credit where credit is due and don’t share what you can’t credit.
Learn to Take A Punch is a chapter about building resilience, something all creatives, leaders and visionaries need. I almost passed this by on the first glide by but realized the value upon preparing for this review.
This under 225 page book will take you no time to read, yet will provide some useful and practical insights for some parts of your own work or your client’s. The thing to remember about this book is that it is SHORT, therefore don’t expect too much. However, it’s the words and wisdom in this little book that will come in handy from time to time.
Kudos means a praising remark. We all like to be appreciated and acknowledged for our work or contributions. Let’s spend some time exploring kudos.
Why Give Kudos
There are a few reasons to give kudos. First, we all like to be acknowledged and appreciated. Second, appreciating someone’s work or efforts can sometimes be the catalyst to develop or deepen a new or existing personal or work relationship. Third, kudos are sometimes the sustaining embers in people’s lives.
How to Give Kudos
Kudos can be verbal or written. Kudos can be physically given as in a handwritten note, card or with a small token gift. Kudos can also be given via an email or on a blog posting can be made from time to time.
It is nice to receive kudos. Kudos can be put up on a bulletin board or display shelf. Verbal kudos can be transformed to penned lines and inserted into an appreciation journal.
Appreciating the Giver of the Kudos
It is polite to acknowledge the sender for their sentiments or gifts, either by verbalizing your appreciation or by sending an acknowledging note.
Making Kudos Part of Your Routine
Take time to routinely reflect and send appropriate kudos to those around you. Kudos giving can be a nice break in a full or busy week. Kudos giving makes us look outside of ourselves, which can be helpful when we are too inward thinking.
Who can you give kudos to in your life?
Life is a little complicated – so it is a good time to tell my readers to check back from time to time. I will be resuming my blogging within the next few months. Meanwhile check back on some of the thoughts from 2012.
In The Flow
Carrot or Stick?
Rushing – All in your mind?
It is almost the official time of year when we work on setting resolutions.
Here is an easy way to get started on your resolutions for 2013. What can you do more of in 2013? What can you do less of?
Drink More Water
Do you want to make more progress in 2013? It may be a perfect time to start working with a transition coach to help you get more from your life in 2013.
This has been a year for me to read. In January of 2012, I set my reading goal to be 100 books. I finally completed this project this morning.
Here are some links to some of my thoughts on this process.
Try Reading Something Different
There are certain times of year that seem to reduce our daily productivity. In my opinion there are four big times. They are the late November and the traditional December Holidays, early July and the first two weeks of August.
Don’t let others make you slow. Accept that this is going to be a less productive time when especially when working with colleagues. Let their delay and dallying be your occasion to work on past and future projects. These times are great for working on organization of past material, future planning, back burner projects and future planning.
This is the perfect time to use my “project hand” to list out the projects that are perfect for the next seasonal delay time.
You may also want to check out my website for monthly tips on organizing ideas for home and work.