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Would You Like To Think Out Of A Different Box?

Would You Like To Think Out Of A Different Box?

Creativity, for us normal people, is like water in the desert. Sometimes its here when it rains, and sometimes it dries up. You can never expect its presence but to hope and pray for it to come. Yet this god-gifted talent is extremely useful for industries like fashion, design, product research development, marketing and the list goes on. But all hope is not lost because creativity is something that we can try to nurture and well since art is subjective, we can all learn to be as creative as possible with the help of these books.

Remember those great Volkswagen ads? by Alfredo Marcantonio, David Abbott, John O’Driscoll

    We cannot forget to mention the industry highly dependent on creativity here. Remember those great Volkswagen ads? is the comprehensive compilation and review of the revolutionary Volkswagen advertising campaign in the1960s and 70s (when Facebook has not appeared) and advertisements were about print ads in newspapers and magazines.

    The campaign by this world-renowned automobile brand is universally acknowledged to be the greatest and most influential campaign recognised by Advertising Age and Times. The book covers advertisements on the classic VW Beetle, the Van, Bus and Camper, capturing the golden age of advertising and the classic use of creativity, which still plays an important role in business creativity.

    Reading duration: 5hrs 9mins

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    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

      Millions of people worship Steve Jobs, the icon of design and innovation. What is so successful with Steve Jobs? And how did he created the empire of Apple Inc.?

      The biography of the genius is compiled with three years of interviews with Steve Jobs, portraying Jobs success, Apple, his family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors. No one needs one persuasive reason to read this book if you are already holding the world-changing device created and inspired by this technology giant.

      Reading duration: 9hrs 17mins

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      Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley, David Kelley

        As a child, you’re told to “go and have fun”, to explore, to fail, to try again, and again and again. The bumps and bruises aren’t a bad thing, they’re your badge of honour: you’ve tried, you’ve persevered. And then you hit a certain more adult age and you’re told: “to be careful, to study/work hard and to do your best”.

        The Kelly brothers believed there is always a creative inner me within us, which is only hidden by the way we were brought up. Failing at certain tasks can provoke our creative soul, and inspire alternative thinking. The book suggests creativity does not end in art or design, it is also about education, problem-solving, and innovation.

        Reading duration: 4hrs 18mins

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        Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

          Austin Kleon told the truth about creativity, that few artists can admit to, that nothing is completely original, and all creative work builds on what came before. Every new idea is a remix or mash-up of one or two previous ideas.

          The book Steal like an Artist introduce principles to creativity such as “don’t wait until you know who you are to get started”, “go away so you can come back”, definitely not the normal principles but sentences that reflects and inspires readers to re-think about their choices they make. “Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don’t come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying.”

          Reading duration: 2hrs 16mins

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          Where good ideas come from the natural history of innovation by Steven Johnson

            The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? Steven Johnson’s identifies the seven key patterns of innovation and creativity, including 1. the adjacent possible, 2. liquid networks, 3. the slow hunch, 4. serendipity, 5. error, 6. exaptation, 7. platforms.

            Johnson addressed one of the reasons why big cities are so much more innovative than small towns is that you have more diversity, more “spillover” of ideas, and more chance for the ideas to mingle around together, mainly because ideas take time to form and cultivate.

            Reading duration: 4hrs 52mins

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            7 Signs You’re Burnt Out and How to Bounce Back

            7 Signs You’re Burnt Out and How to Bounce Back

            Has the possibility of becoming burned out ever came across your radar?

            Burn out can happen to any of us. It can happen as a direct result of a toxic work environment or it can creep up on us as we pour all of our energy into doing the work that we love. Either way, when signs of burnout become apparent, they tend to look the same. Furthermore, adjustments must be made to reverse burnout and to prevent it again in the future.

            Behaviors and habits that can lead to burnout include staying up long nights working on projects, saying yes to every request or opportunity, taking on extra work from co workers, and decreasing connections with your family and friends outside of work.

            Outside forces such as ineffective leadership, unclear expectations, toxic work culture, persistent high workload, and no room for growth can all add to burn out.

            When signs of burn out set in, you slowly start to do things differently. There’s a chance you may not even realize what is happening.

            Keep in my mind that burn out may mimic other conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder. Please see your trusted health care provider to rule out any of these conditions.

            Keep reading for some key signs of burnout:

            1. Poor Performance and Loss of Self Confidence

            Noticeable declines in work performance and confidence in your ability to complete previously mastered assignments are signs of burnout.

            The pace of the work environment can seem faster and more demanding than ever. The goal of you doing world-class work may diminished to hopes of you barely getting by. You may have decided that staring into space or searching for a new job seems like a better alternative to working.

            Poor work performance can become a routine and often leaves the person wondering how did this become a problem in the first place. You may even think that your boss will call you out on your performance sooner than later.

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            How to Bounce Back:

            Think back to the motivation you had when you were hired or when you were getting your job done with ease. Think about your thoughts and actions that allow you to perform well. The ability to perform at or around this level is still within reach.

            Make a plan to eliminate distractions at work. Also, prior to coming to work make sure you are well rested and are eliminating energy-draining interactions.

            2. Pessimism

            Talking about the amazing work you do has given way to negative talk. Constantly complaining over small tasks that didn’t bother you in the past is a sign of pessimism. Your co -workers may even point out that you have been increasingly negative with your communication lately.

            Your outlook on life, especially work, is in the dumps. It is harder to find positive things to say.

            How to Bounce Back:

            Even in the midst of burnout, your time should be spent on forward-moving thoughts.

            Change the way you are looking at your current situation. Your body will do everything in its power to make sure that your actions are in alignment with your mindset and thoughts.

            Therefore, thoughts that are negative and self-defeating will need to undergo a productive reframe. A high level of awareness must be initiated. Self coaching yourself through negative thinking can be the first step in awareness.

            When you catch yourself having negative thoughts, first ask yourself “How does this make me feel?” Then, decide if those feelings will push you closer towards your goals and priorities or keep you from taking action.

            If your thoughts are not forward moving, ask yourself what does thinking and feeling the opposite of this look like? It may seem awkward at first, but keep at it until positive thoughts are at the forefront of your thinking once again.

            3. Feeling Unfulfilled

            Sometimes, the workplace is known for being a fast pace, high-stress environment. Feeling like you’re part of the team and your contributions matter to your team can really help increase your level of fulfillment.

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            We all have things we’re good at or interested in. When our talents and strengths are highlighted in an environment, we will thrive as we get things done.

            When we are constantly left out of vital conversations, we will feel irrelevant and as if things are happening to us and not on behalf of us.

            How to Bounce Back:

            Talk to the person in charge and discuss your concerns. Confiding in a trusted and knowledgeable co-worker prior to meeting with your boss will help to make your communication with your boss fair and objective.

            Set goals and deadlines with your boss or team leader to help increase your fulfillment. Follow up with your plan of action on your goals.

            Keep in mind that there will be some level of compromise but making your boss aware of your viewpoint and feelings is a major step in feeling fulfilled and feeling like a contributing member of your team.

            4. Poor Sleep Quality

            Staying up late at night, tossing and turning, thinking about your day’s work can really affect your sleep quality. Studies have shown that just a few hours of missed sleep is detrimental to our performance and mental capacity.[1]

            How to Bounce Back:

            Try setting a bedtime routine and stick to it. Make sure that your bedroom environment is supportive of a good night sleep.

            Social media never sleeps and it’s best to cut back or eliminate your social media time about 1 hour before you go to bed. Blue light interferes with your ability to feel sleepy and messes with your sleep cycle.[2] Your electronics can be set to switch to a softer light prior to bedtime.

            5. Dread

            The thought of work sends you into a tailspin of negative thoughts and body sensations. You wonder will this ever end and the amount of tension in your neck is at an all-time high.

            The feeling of dread can make you retreat from your daily activities to ruminate on the idea of returning to work. Feelings of dread steals valuable time.

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            How to Bounce Back:

            Develop a routine to relax and practice deep breathing.

            Consider a small breathing exercise that you can practice at work if dread or overwhelm creeps in. Go into an empty room or the bathroom, close your eyes, and take 10 big deep breaths. Control your breathing as you inhale and fully exhale. Notice what time of the day you are needing to step away to take breath and start scheduling your routines.

            Neck massages at bedtime or therapeutic massages may also help to relax your body and prepare you for the work week ahead. Keep in mind that self care is a necessity.

            6. You Lash out More

            You notice that you are short tempered and lash out at your loved ones more than usual. When you are experiencing burn out, you may find yourself less patient about certain things and snapping at your loved ones.

            You know they don’t deserve this treatment and you want to get this behavior in check so that you can restore the loving supportive environment you are used to having.

            How to Bounce Back:

            Be aware that your loved ones may not understand how your work environment is affecting you.

            Consider how you would feel if you were the recipient of irritable interactions when you didn’t have the whole picture of what was happening.

            Take time to explain your situation with your support system. Also, seek services through your work or independently in order to preserve the relationships within your support system.

            Your love ones are there to support you. They should not be the expert to get your thoughts and feelings in check- neither should they be expected to fulfill this role.

            7. Exhaustion

            Does the phrase this job is “sucking the life out of me” ring a bell? Mental exhaustion is totally apparent when work has taken its toll on you.

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            Being too tired to do simple house chores or attend events that you once loved is a sign of exhaustion.

            How to Bounce Back:

            Set small goals to take action daily on your priorities. If your priorities include keeping a clean living area or hanging out with your friends once a week, stick to your plans.

            You will find that your mood is improved and you are not as drained once you are doing things in alignment with your goals and priorities.

            The Bottom Line

            Burn out can creep up on you. It can be caused by personal behaviors, habits, or toxic work environments. Regardless of the factors that lead to burnout, the signs of burnout are the same.

            Awareness is the first step of knowing what is happening. The next step is taking action based on the specific signs you are displaying.

            Recovery from burnout may look like identifying the culprit that caused you to burn out so that you can continue making progress in your work.

            Recovery can also require you to make a strategic exit from your current situation to restore your peace of mind and fully recover—and never look back.

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