Out Of Office: Connecting To Your Creative Self Outside Of Work
We've entered the season of automated email responses and out of office celebrations.
It's a time to reconnect with that idea of balance. So between holiday weekends and summer Fridays, this time of year is one of the best periods to regroup and refocus your energy on refining your brand's messaging and story.
Sometimes it's as simple as slowly backing away from your desk and rediscovering the driving (creative) force behind your professional motivations. Our interviewees on The Style Line and clients here at CONNECT(ED)ITORIAL are living proof of the value that comes with reconnecting to your creative self outside of work. So before we personally sign off for the 4th of July holiday weekend here are a few points that will help you do just that.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone:
You can broaden your brand by broadening your mind. Take the time to explore new places or ideas that will diversify your perspective. The simple act of making time to visit a new gallery, or sitting down to flip through a magazine will only sharpen your approach to storytelling while simultaneously giving you an excuse to indulge in some FUN off-duty activities! After all the lines between work and play are almost obsolete. So open yourself up to the possibility that time away from the office can still add immense value to your professional endeavors.
Digital/Detox Is the New Work/Life Balance:
For digital storytellers, this may be the most important takeaway from this article. Screen time may signal that you're working harder, but it doesn't necessarily mean you're working better. Finding time to be creative away from your devices is truly humanizing and allows you to not only reconnect with your creative side, but reconnect with others. That in itself will inevitably have an impact...
Trust Your (creative) self:
Finally, what may seem the most obvious is at times the most difficult. But more often than not, it comes to down to simply trusting your creative voice. In a world dominated by a sharing economy and constant online noise, it can be hard to get back to the core of what you personally believe in. So, finding your way back to those intrinsic values is essential to a) reconnecting with what you believe in and allowing that to translate in both your personal and professional endeavors and b) in helping to tell your personal (and your brand's) story in a truly authentic way.