In 2018, some of our best and most productive times came as the result of breaks, both big and small. Research shows that taking breaks “refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative.”
Our team traveled to the AIGA Decipher conference in Ann Arbor in September and the Create & Cultivate Vision Summit in Miami in December. The change of environment was refreshing, and the people we met shaped our perspective in new and exciting ways. It’s easy to get caught in a rut; forcing a shift in perspective through traveling to a new destination can result in breakthroughs.
Trips are wonderful, but the cost (both actual and in lost time) means they’re an occasional indulgence. To seek the same benefits, our team has two strategies: 1) about once a week we work from a local coffee shop, and 2) every day at 3pm we take 15 minutes to stretch or meditate.
You may already know that we host a bi-weekly book club in the office. We love discussing our latest reads as a group but have found that it’s just not enough to satisfy our curiosity. Here are some of the titles that inspired us this year:
It seems like there is a constant stream of new tools coming out all the time – it can be hard to keep up! If you find the right ones, however, they can make your life much easier. Here are the tools we tried and loved in 2018:
One of Collabo’s goals for 2018 was to be more visible in Indy. We know we’re great at what we do (service design!), but we’re self-aware enough to know that things like networking cause a bit of unease.
Niki took it a step further and purposefully tried something that scared her: she took an improvisation class through CSz Indianapolis. After being introduced to improv techniques in our Design Thinking Everyday Jumpstart, Niki enrolled in the class hoping to improve her confidence when facilitating. Over ten weeks, she and her classmates learned to let things happen, accept what is, and build on it with a positive attitude. So far so good - she’s going back for another class in January!
Finally, we believe in bringing your whole self to the office, so no list would be complete without recommendations for what we’re calling “soul care” – those things that just make you happy.
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