Look up

Most days I never look up. I spend all of my time looking at what’s in front of me. I analyze, think, criticize, laugh, smile and talk about it all.

My life is largely consumed by what exists from street level to the tops of trees, give or take a few feet.

Well, today I looked up, I mean really looked up. If I was listening, I would have been actively listening. And it was awesomely calming and enlightening.

I was reminded that when I look up it is nearly impossible to think the same way I normally do. It was a wonderful disruption.

If you’re like me, you have established routines for every day of the week, even weekends. Routines are all about task accomplishment and efficiency. However, at times, I think they can stifle thinking. This is why organizations do “off sites.”

Leaders think that by changing the setting and limiting day-to-day distractions, their teams will be more productive and creative.  They’re not wrong either. However, after looking up today for the first time in a long while, I’m convinced that simply swapping one indoor setting for another may not be the best way to spur creative thought and solve problems.

Instead, take yourself or your team outside, find some grass to lie down on, and just look up.

I think you’ll be amazed at what happens.

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