Things have been a bit quiet here at Management Craft – not as many posts, shorter posts. I’m in a bit of a management writing slump, which is a really bad thing because I am in the middle of writing a new book called, 10 Steps to Management (which will be published by ASTD Press next year, along with an accompanying facilitator’s guide).
The next two weeks need to be magical in terms of creativity and productivity. So how do I make that happen? How do you make it happen when you need to? Some things that have worked for me in the past:
1. I need to get my mind into a new context or groove. Sometimes just heading to the Alki Beach Starbucks and brainstorming with a latte works well.
2. I need to skip around a bit – write the fun parts to get on a roll. This approach worked for me when I was a manager, too. When in a slump, I would do anything to get rolling again. Once rolling, I can conquer the obstacles.
3. I need to set better daily targets and goals so that I don’t get behind on things. Make each day a success even if it is a small success.
4. I need to take more of my "breakthrough" medicine and share with more people, make requests, and take small actions. One request I need to make of all of you – be patient with me between now and the new year. I am on deadline crunch time for th next two weeks and then will be in New Zealand for three weeks. Management Craft will be back in a strong way come January. I am working on some fun ideas for the blog that I am sure you will like.
5. Remove distractions.
6. See the task in a new way – why did I create this book? What value do I hope it will provide? What’s the magic sauce that will elevate this book and make me feel proud to have written it? These types of questions always yield interesting answers that can help me get re-jazzed and focused.
7. Just do it. And love doing it.