In the past when speaking of creativity and innovation, common advice was to think outside the box. Well now, you are way outside the box. As disorienting as these times may be, they do present opportunities. All you may have to do to find those opportunities is look around .
A way of coping with these times is to recognize that the “normal” that was is pretty much gone. You have a choice to reach back for something that is no longer there, freak out at the change or gradually reorient yourself to a new reality. Within this new reality, you may find ways to pursue your dreams, release things that no longer serve you and take advantage of the open space you have. Things could start looking pretty good to you as you stand outside the box!
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We’re at the edge of a transition of seasons and change is in the air. Do you need some space to make the best of this time? Open space gives you room to breathe. You can think, reassess, plan and commit to what you want to achieve on the other side of this transition.
If you need some open space for yourself, go ahead and create it. You can find the time and it will be well worth your while.
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Creating Open Space is often referenced in relation to creativity and innovation – where open space serves the purpose of letting your imagination flow. There’s another way to use open space – to get things done. This use of open space is more like a stop point – creating time to address things that are weighing on you. In coaching, we call these things that weigh on you, energy drains. Your energy drains may be a cluttered office, a file system that isn’t working for you, a call you have been putting off making or a project that isn’t getting done.
Energy drains, when not addressed, tug on you. Often, they are not priorities, but over time they can diminish your efficiency and pull you off center. By creating an open space, you can eliminate them. This type of open space could take the form of an interruption-free afternoon to clean up your office or making the time to get a project done.
By periodically creating some time and open space to get things done, you will maximize your productivity and effectiveness. Don’t put it off. Your work life will run more smoothly and you will thrive.
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