Why you need to ‘Turn Left to go Right’
Today I was suffering from training designers block. Similar to writer’s block, but training designer’s block includes not only what to write, but how to bring the content to life, how to present it visually, how to make it fit into the required timescales, take into account likely available resources at the venue, and all with a looming deadline.
Designing training still forms a significant part of my role, even though I’m moving more into consultancy, mentoring and programme management, so getting ‘stuck’ is a major problem.
But over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks. The most important of which is to lose time to make time. What I mean by this, is daring to step away (despite the looming deadline) and give myself a break. Do something completely different. It’s like when Doc Hudson told Lightening McQueen to turn left to go right at high speed. It’s counter-intuitive
For me, the best way of getting unstuck is good old fresh air: A brisk 20 minute walk often does the trick, or maybe pulling a few weeds in the garden. Taking a shower also works (though I appreciate that may not be an option for people who don’t work at home!), and even housework has (on occasion) unlocked my creativity – though heaven knows how. The key is do something that allows your mind to wander a little I think.
One thing is for sure, the answer is never EVER found on my screen or at my desk, even though I have some pretty good on-line communities I can reach out to.
Today, I’d spent the morning rejigging and refocussing a workshop in order to make more time for practical application in the afternoon. Despite improving the workshop, all I’d done was rejig and refocus it. Not a single minute had been found.
So off I went for a march around the block. Within 5 minutes the answer just appeared, and it was so obvious. Now I can crack on and deliver the great workshop that I new was inside me all along.
I just had to stop to get re-started.