You may be handed a project or report and asked to work within a structure someone else has designed. Sometimes it works wonderfully. Often times though, it can lead to a creative block as you spend more time trying to figure out the format than making progress toward the effort’s objective.
When you find yourself in one of these situations, remember:
- Don’t let arbitrary structures stop you from doing what makes sense.
- Don’t let thinking you can’t get everything done stop you from doing something.
- Don’t let a poorly conceived format stand in the way of you (or others) being able to see the progress you’re making.
- Don’t let a situation spiral into over-complication when stopping and beginning anew would be much simpler.
- Don’t let overly aggressive expectations preclude you from negotiating for a humbler objective which delivers a disproportionately large impact.
If you can employ these admonitions, you’ll save yourself huge frustrations and create much better results.
Mike Brown is an award-winning innovator in strategy, communications, and experience marketing. He authors the BrainzoomingTM blog, and serves as the company’s chief Catalyst. He wrote the ebook “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation” and is a frequent keynote presenter.