Are you having fun at work? In this recent HOW article on avoiding the summer doldrums, creativity and consulting experts offer designers five strategies for how to have fun at work. Any time of the year, though, it’s important to check in with yourself and make sure you’re still having fun at work and haven’t lost your graphic design inspiration.
According to Leslie Yerkes, president of Cleveland-based Catalyst Consulting Group and author of “Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work,” nurturing yourself mentally, socially, physically and spiritually is the key to staying engaged and active. “On a quarterly basis, I look at those points as if on a wheel,” she says. “What am I doing with my craft? What am I doing socially? What am I doing physically? What am I doing spiritually?” Each area needs to be tended regularly in order to bloom as a design professional. “It’s like a garden that you tend to a little bit each day,” she says.
Your responses to the following 11 questions can provide valuable insights to help you keep the fun at work flowing and jump-start your graphic design inspiration when you feel yourself slumping:
- Am I having fun at work every day?
- When was the last time I laughed?
- What are my recent successes?
- What could I do to improve them?
- Am I feeling disconnected from my work and professional relationships?
- Why do I think this is happening?
- What could I do to change that?
- What are my long-term goals for my career or business?
- What are my long-term goals for my personal life?
- How would I describe my current level of success on a 1-to-10 scale?
- If I could do one thing to improve my life immediately, what would it be?
As children, summer is a time to break free of school routines and fill your senses with new sights and sounds. Although it can be more challenging to engage in new activities as adults, making small changes, such as embellishing your office environment or planning a brief retreat, can generate some of the pleasures typically associated with the warmer months. And, by giving yourself permission to shake things up and have a little fun at work this summer, you may discover that your work becomes all the better for it.