Even in fast-growing organizations, the relentless change and need to keep your head above water can, in itself, grow monotonous. Rather than resigning yourself to feeling demotivated, disheartened, and lacking creativity, what you need is to shake things up. To take a different approach and see if you can boost some of that right-brain thinking.
Here are six things you could try for a week to see what sparks:
1. Ditch the technology.
Instead of lugging around a laptop, tablet, or phone for note-taking and action tracking, bring an old fashioned note pad and pen. You'll find it easier to connect with people in the room without the distraction of an always-connected device. You may also spark more ideas as a result of writing out your thoughts rather than typing them.
2. Conduct your meetings standing up.
Nothing says 'settle in, it's going to be a long one' than seats around a conference table. In order to inject some life and a sense of momentum to your meetings, conduct them standing up. You'll find people speak with greater clarity, and decisions are agreed more quickly than a lengthy discussion around a table.
3. Bring some more junior into your next meeting.
Most leaders have an overinflated sense of their knowledge and skills. In actuality, their understanding of the impact their decisions have on the rest of their team is limited at best. The next time you go to a meeting with your peers or a group of more senior leaders, bring someone along who is more junior than you. Doing so not only adds a different perspective to the discussion, but it also gives your colleague an opportunity to develop and grow.
4. Say yes to everything.
One of the fastest ways to see where your true priorities lie is to say yes to everything and see what you end up spending your time on. This will give you a better understanding of what type of work you value most. It also affords you the opportunity to test where the true limits of your workload sit.
5. Say no to everything.
The flip side of that is in saying no to everything that comes your way. That keeps you ruthlessly focused on executing what's already on your plate, giving you the opportunity to make progress on projects which may have sat on the back burner for some time.
6. Shadow a role you're unfamiliar with.
We all have blind spots that we're aware of. Those parts of your business that you leave up to someone else because you'd only screw it up. The problem with this approach is that it only ever provides you with a reduced understanding of how the parts of your organization work together. I'm not saying you need to be a master in all areas, but if you shadow a role you're unfamiliar with, it'll give you a greater understanding and appreciation of how it impacts on the work you and your team do.