I try to mix things up and change the routes I drive, places I work, people I meet and even houses I live in. Constantly experimenting and finding what is possible or what may work keeps a certain freshness to how I can approach work or do deals.
There’s a lot of value in having habits. I don’t necessarily want to rethink how to make my bed or do laundry or keep my house in order. Being efficient and turning off my brain and letting my habits simply guide me has its own rewards.
But in business, I always want to be pushing on my creativity. I think it’s easy to get stuck and being solely functional. The bigger opportunities get missed this way. And it’s easy to happen if I glue myself to an office or a crowd of people or seeing the same ideas over and over.
While I was out hiking at the end of my workday, I was thinking about how I wandered around Breckenridge, CO where we are living for a bit and worked in 4 different places today. I had many conversations – some sitting and others with headphones and walking miles around the area.
I was getting to know people, hash out ideas and explore deals to see how they might work for me and other people.
A lot of my business coaching works becomes about productivity and getting things done. That’s a convergent approach to work.
Moving and changing the form factor continually helps me diverge. I can think broader and take in inspiration as well as imagine solutions and opportunities. It’s really great to have that kind of flexibility and flow in a work day. When I get clarity on what’s possible, it’s easy for me to drive on making ideas happen.
Changing up how you work lends itself to staying fresh by continually experimenting.
What if you changed things up more? Can you mix it up more to keep yourself fresh?