Try Something Different

I signed up for a daily newsletter from Box of Crayons, a firm based in Toronto who helps people and organizations get more creative and focus on doing great work, rather than simply good work. (I was drawn toward them when, at some point in the last few weeks, I realized that my job had morphed into a one-word position: “Emailer.” It’s temporary, I know, but the sheer volume of inbox madness that needed to be read/acted on/filed/archived/trashed was totally discouraging.)

This was today’s bit of wisdom:

Tom Peters once said a lunch spent alone is a lunch wasted. I’m not sure I totally agree (sometimes a little downtime is nice) but still – why not call up someone outside the usual gang and grab a bite to eat?

It’s a July Friday. For many folks, it’s the start of the weekend. Things are perhaps a little less intense than a usual workday…if you have an hour free, isn’t it the perfect time to call (or email…I suppose) someone that you want to know more about, or someone who might help you answer some of those lingering questions?

The definition of insanity (say it with me, kids) is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Why not take a tiny step outside that very comfortable box today?

Thanks to all of you who have been patient at the lack of profiles over the last month. It’ll likely be several more weeks until I’m back on schedule, but I do hope you’ll check back – I have some great folks who have shared their stories with me, and I can’t wait to get them to you! (And once I grow back some of these brain cells, I’ll be able to make them grammatically correct and everything! I promise.)

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