- What would you be doing if you weren’t in advertising?I’d have a repurpose, reuse + recycle shop and/or run a business-meeting catering service that offers healthy breakfasts, lunches and take-home dinners.
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- What’s your biggest pet peeve in advertising?That there is always candy, cookies and donuts in the kitchen.
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- What song captures you perfectly?Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
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- What movie changed your life?Jaws made me paranoid of swimming in oceans. Not that I won’t, but I’m always on the lookout for big fish.
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- The one change you’d like to see in the world?Respect and caring for others – stop the “it’s all about me” attitudes
How often do you rush to get something done, only to find out a day later that you have to fix it? It wasn’t correct or complete because you were in a hurry.
Take some time to look at the situation. Had you spent an extra 15 minutes on the project, it may have been a different story. The time you spend up front is usually much less than what it takes to fix it later.
On his website, slowdownFAST, David B. Bohl describes how to slow down, in life, at work, anywhere you feel rushed. Slowing down, he says, increases creativity and productivity, and who couldn’t use more of those? Take a closer look at your work, think about it more, connect with the wholeness of the project. Take your mind off the clock and focus on turning out a great piece of work.
I’m not saying you should spend all day slowing down—a little goes a long way. You’ll be surprised how much more you see when you look at printouts for 15 minutes instead of five. And you’ll feel better physically, too. Its the equivalent of taking a deep breath to calm your nerves.
Next time you’re on a tight deadline and rushing to get things done, try slowing it down. You may find that it makes a better end product with more thought, more creativity, and no mistakes. You’ll probably also find your sanity intact, since you don’t have to redo the project or handle it yet another time. And you’ll have more time on your hands to spend on slowing down your next project.
Yesterday, as I sat here with both the office air conditioning and the little space heater at my feet trying to cancel each other out, I wondered if there was a more environmentally-friendly way to be comfortable. And then Good.is came up with the answer—install a cloud computing server in my office space! Not only will it provide heat for the office, but also storage space and extra income!
It made me think about becoming a greener person. Bike to work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Then I started thinking of the logistics. Biking to work means heading down some streets that, at 8 am, are frighteningly busy. Call me a sissy, but me, even with helmet, is no match for the front bumper of a minivan. Let’s not forget about the 85-degree-plus-humidity days we’ve been having, either. Starting the morning out with an offensive scent is, well, offensive.
Taking the stairs would require the building management to open the stairwells for other-than-emergency. Because people hang out in the bathrooms and hallways even with the excellent security this building has right now, having wide-open stairwells is probably not going to be high on their list.
I will, however, keep putting my scrap paper, soda cans and yogurt containers in the recycle bin. I’ll bring my lunch in reuseable containers. I’ll turn my computer off when I leave at night. Little things do still count, don’t they?
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