“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
One of the most common business clichés of our time is the need to “Think Outside the Box.” Have you ever felt a double standard in the business world for both the need to follow standards and procedures, but also a requirement to think “outside the box” in order to solve unusual or overly demanding problems? You don’t have to work in a creative industry in order to make use of your ability to think creatively, but make use of the ability to look at all problems from different angles and pour out any and all ideas for solutions. Even the most responsible housewife in the world and still needs to come up with creative solutions to all sorts of life’s problems within a single day!
So, like Jack London said, we all need inspiration that will not necessarily just come to us at the exact moment we are looking for it. There are plenty of ways to go after your own creativity and inspiration when looking to solve all of these problems throughout both work and personal affairs.
Here are some tips to “Think Outside the Box”:
Set parameters to focus your ideas (too much freedom can cause chaos!)
Change your space (simple things like a shower or a walk can generate ideas and thoughts)
Learn something new, anything! (A different religion, industry or book genre opens thought)
Listen to others’ ideas and ask for their thoughts (even a child can present a new perspective!)
Eliminate negativity in your thoughts, but be prepared for the worst case scenario in the solution
Keep up your creativity with drawing, poetry, and different views of daily problems that come up
Do you sometimes feel like you are alone in certain parts of your life? Possibly you are battling career challenges, relationship difficulties or other upsetting situations without any sort of support or network to help pull you through? Women’s support groups are all around us for this purpose. They are to pull women together for the purpose of boosting each other through troubling times and forward us through our careers and the rest of life.
Women’s support groups and networks can be used anywhere in our lives, because we need to hold each other up, and appreciate our value in all facets of life. Those realizations can be made to one another in all sorts of support groups no matter where you may find them.
Sharing is the key, and women must be able to share solutions to problems, caring and relieving support, as well as resolving professional troubles together as well!
So, take a moment to look for a network of support whenever and wherever you may be able to find it: at work, locally or online, but be ready to share and give, as well as receive support from the others there with you… It will make all the difference in the world!
She’s Next aims to support women in all areas of their life. Connect with us and other women who can help give you that shoulder to lean on. Learn from other women here to find out what they did to unlock their best life!
How do you become successful? What does being successful mean for You?
Wife.org (Women’s Institute for Financial Education) speaks about being a successful woman in any field!
“Start with your own definition of success
based on your talents, interests, goals and dreams. What will your
successful life look and feel like? Once you have a firm idea of where
you want to go, you’re ready to figure out how to get there.”
We do a lot of things that make us unhappy, all in the name of being more productive. Look, I made a list:
STUFF WE DO IN AN ATTEMPT TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY:
we forgo sleep
we eat unhealthy foods that don’t even taste good to save ‘prep time’ in packing or cooking healthy ones
we always answer work emails before personal emails
we scold ourselves for watching tv
we make scroll sized to-do lists that happen to be humanly impossible to complete
we put off dating
we don’t take that much time to get ready in the morning
we check our phones during dinner even when we’re sitting with our favorite person/people in the world
we read emails in bed at the opportunity cost of doing something more relaxing or pleasurable
we flake out on our friends
Just like that one Taylor Swift song you can’t get out of your head, the list goes on and on.
We do all of the above because we subscribe to a self-imposed, jaggedly rigid set of invisible rules about how productive people should prioritize their time and expend their energy. Even though we break our rules constantly and then feel like expletive about it–we continue to abide by them.
Repeating the pattern of denying ourselves the activities and relationship interactions that increase our quality of life (in order to achieve ostensible success and happiness later) has been repeatedly proven to be an exponentially less effective strategy for goal attainment, professional upward mobility, and across-the-board satisfaction with life.
Not only is our skewed approach to success generally ineffective at increasing our happiness, it’s also incredibly expensive.
When we do achieve goals under that approach, we often do so at the steep cost of our personal relationships, personal development, physical well-being and emotional health. What’s more, thanks to the extremely-inconvenient-for-happiness law of diminishing returns, after a certain point we’re not even remotely pleased with ourselves when we achieve our goals.
At some point in our lives, we all pretty much take the less effective, old-school approach to success. Why?
Because we’re taught that good work ethic looks like consistently plying through exhaustion and accepting a general sense of feeling underwhelmed with the present moment. It’s hard to abandon this normalized formula for success and attach ourselves to the idea that if we took the time to restore and engage in activities that make us feel more like ourselves (like sleeping, for example) we would more naturally discover creative solutions, inspire greater connection and subsequent effort from our team, and more easily complete the work that we’re good at doing.
Working smarter and not necessarily harder does not turn you into a hedonist, indelibly damage your professional reputation, or cause you to go broke. It’s actually quite the opposite. Performance improves across the board when you train your brain to seek out positivity first. This is the reason why, when you examine highly successful people who are able to maintain their success over an extended period of time, you see consistently high self-care habits and moments of uninterrupted restoration – both occurring daily.
Need more proof?
At some school named Harvard or something, productivity expert Shawn Anchor spent over ten years conducting international management studies which examined thousands of Fortune 500 executives to find out what contributed to sustainable success in the workplace. His book, The Happiness Advantage, details seven principles of positive psychology that he says give us a competitive edge and, more importantly, allow us to extract genuine fulfillment from our work/life balance.
Katherine is a licensed psychotherapist in NYC. She works with millennial women who can present really well, seem completely put together when they want to be, and whose problems are not immediately apparent to others. In addition to her private practice work, Katherine writes a blog where readers can get daily doses of thoughtful, positive, connective content on her favorite topic – personal development. To contribute to her daily blog, connect here!
Before I started my business, I was a corporate manager desperate for something more purposeful. I began a quest to find my calling and make a difference in the world. I have landed in heaven: helping creative women entrepreneurs with “big ideas” implement their world-changing visions.
I’ve learned so much on the journey that brought me to this point. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that motivation to do anything is inherent when we’re connected to our purpose for doing that thing.
If you are connected to your purpose and following your calling, you will have all the motivation you need to keep moving forward. If you find yourself lacking motivation, there’s nothing wrong with you! It likely means you’re shooting for something that isn’t fully aligned with who you are. Once you find alignment, you’ll find your motivation.
Jenny Shih is a coach and consultant for right-brained, creative entrepreneurs. She helps “big idea” people implement their world-changing visions. Jenny’s free idea flight kit will give you everything you need to get your ideas up and flying.
She also likes to talk about superheroes and saving the world.
idea flight kit (it’s free): go here