How many people will get up at x time tomorrow, drive x route, drink x drink, work x plan, have x meeting, drive home at x time, eat supper at x time and go to bed at x time?
Routine kills creativity!
This was a conclusion that my team and I came too several weeks ago. It was right before I was leaving for Recruitfest and I was explaining the non traditional set up and my excitement leading up to the event. One team member says "it will be good for you to be out of the office and get your creative mojo going". Although I am considered a creative type, I must admit, I was in a slump!
Fast forward to the week after Recruitfest. Although the late nights (ok, for me it was midnight and several Red Bulls on the rocks as that is about as crazy as I get) drained me, once I was rested, man did the creative juices flow. We are working on a candidate user experience project (Thank You Gerry Crispin) and taking a closer look at our services offered to candidates we are unable to place (Cheers to Bill Boorman)!
There are several other ideas in the works, but my point is, it's ok to get out of a routine!! Our business needs it and we need it! Our business is about being creative and thinking ahead of the curve. The energy at Recruitfest was unbelievable. I have never left a "conference" and felt like I had made so many friends (and I use this term correctly).
Here are a few suggestions to shake it up for the rest of the week:
1. Work from home in your pj's - if you already do this, get up, get dressed and work from a location other than home.
2. Instead of having a morning req meeting, have a pep rally (be excited not mundane)...Better yet, hold your meeting outside!
3. Hold a putting contest, yes we did this and it took 10 minutes....guess what, we had fun and no productivity was lost :)
4. Go out with a team member for lunch that you normally would not go with or that you do not know very well....you may find you have a lot in common other than work!
Would love to hear any other suggestion! Get out of your routine and see how your mind starts flowing!