Several months ago my friend Bill Bellet sent me the following comment:

Many struggle with typical planning methods because the effort requires sorting through so many ideas & logistics leading to information overload & difficulty achieving a macroscopic/integrated overview that captures everything.

At the time I thought to myself, wow that’s silly, isn’t it easy to dive into planning, being long-sighted, rather than short-sighted, rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. The context of Bill’s comments were to recommend my team building program, so I was happy. But I didn’t personalize the dilemma…..until last week. I’ve been traveling a bit lately and last Wednesday I had my sight set on my office, more specifically my desk.

But something peculiar was going on. Every time I began to face my desk I found a distraction and turned away, much like a kid not wanting to face a monster. My work seemed like a pile of weeds and I have never liked to garden.

By mid-afternoon I hadn’t done much productive and while viewing the Kidbilly Music Youtube channel I came across Bill’s comments noted above. Aha, I thought. I’ve become my own potential client.

And so I took the advice I often give my team building clients while I’m explaining ways to create and develop ideas and creativity – one lil’ ole’ step at a time.

The rest of that Wednesday was fairly easy. I spent about an hour in reflective mode, sitting in a comfortable chair thinking about what I wanted to accomplish during the next month, what had to be done and what could be done. Then I left my office….gave myself downtime. Yes, after coming back from traveling I actually gave myself additional downtime because I knew my emotional feeling of being overwhelmed would prevent me from being productive that day.

On Thursday, I was back at my desk early, with clarity, calm and efficiency.

I don’t view Wednesday as a wasted day. Sometimes the best way to face the crowded desk is to turn away, make room for reflection, strategy, and creativity. Now you’ll only have to convince your boss!

I hope you’ll browse our site to find out more about creativity, innovation and next-generation team building.

Billy Kirsch

About Billy Kirsch

Billy is a Grammy & Emmy nominated, CMA & ACM award winning songwriter with numerous Top 10 hits to his credit. His team building programs and keynote speaking presentations help people tap into their creative abilities to become more innovative and engaged in their work. Clients include Fortune 100 companies and organizations throughout the world.