Get Unblocked - 33rd Degree Conference

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As a developer and a creative, you need ways to work better so that you can create more, but what do you do when you hit a seemingly insurmountable mental wall? You need to get unblocked: to bust through that barrier to allow creativity to flow. Beware: this presentation challenges the standard norms around concentration, focus, productivity, and may change how you work…for the better.

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Get Unblocked - 33rd Degree Conference

  1. @denisejacobs @33rdDegreeConf #33rdDegree #getunblocked
  2. Blocked?
  3. “The entire industry is broken.” - Ted Neward, Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus
  4. Managers
  5. Office-bound http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewf/393637161/
  6. Time pressures http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  7. Demanding clients http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/154640125/
  8. Bureaucracy http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749431435/
  9. Oppressed http://www.flickr.com/photos/johannahobbs/2412291551/
  10. Instead of this http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  11. You run into road blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  12. And you run completely http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/ When in the creative flow
  14. We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
  15. It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  16. “Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  17. We’re powerful creators
  18. “Developers are like the Jedi: we’re all tapped into The Force.” - Ted Neward, Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus
  19. Instead of using it fully http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  20. We give our power away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  21. Instead of power, we feel… https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  22. Building Blocks
  23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ It starts early
  24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/7324305636/ Three stories
  25. Age 6
  26. Father Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  27. Photos: Deloria Jacobs Mother & Sister
  28. Me? More of a graphic artist Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  29. Compared myself http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  30. ( I have to be like them to be creative. )
  31. Age 10
  32. Photo: Deloria Jacobs Oldest friend in the world
  33. ( “Who do you think you are?” )
  34. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcsdwarken/7490078656 “I should tone it down”
  35. Age 24
  36. I graduated! Yay! Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  37. Maybe be a writer?
  38. “Do you know how hard it is to get published?” - My father
  39. My father was bad-ass Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  40. “I have to be superlative”
  41. I binge-created for years
  42. But never felt deserving
  43. Always a bit in the closet http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenzzz_14/7031233649/
  44. After writing this…
  45. I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  46. We ALL hold the power http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/267598910/
  47. For Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  48. Internalized critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  49. Paralyze and imprison us http://www.flickr.com/photos/b3ni/2990601183/
  50. We give so much away
  51. = Blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  52. Lies that we tell ourselves
  53. Adds up; Shuts us down
  54. Instead of creativity
  55. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  56. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  57. Get Unblocked? http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvm_71/5011353192/
  58. “You can’t force yourself to get into (creative) flow, but you can set the conditions for it.” - Ted Neward, “Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus”
  59. The Process
  60. Recognize & Banish
  61. Physical evidence of fear http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  62. Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  63. Evil voices in your head http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  64. “If your demons are such that they fill the room the instant you contemplate creating, your studio will be too dangerous a place to enter.” - Eric Maisel, author of Fearless Creating
  65. You can’t outrun them http://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/
  66. Face and ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  67. Impostor Syndrome
  68. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  69. Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/automania/126698126/
  70. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  71. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  72. Focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  73. Instead of the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  74. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  75. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  76. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  77. Feed each other
  78. Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  79. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  80. Or, the alternative
  81. “Fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” - character of Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith), After Earth
  82. Become a Fear Alchemist http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_Wright_of_Derby_The_Alchemist.jpg
  83. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  84. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self-torture.” - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  85. Banish the Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  86. Comparisons aren’t real http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  87. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  88. Reframe failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
  89. And mistakes https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4498817330/
  90. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  91. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  92. “If you want a creative life, do what you can’t and experience the beauty of the mistakes that you make.” - Marcel Wanders, Designer and “Professional Amateur” (marcelwanders.com)
  93. Take it a step further Photo: Denise Jacobs
  94. Change your body, change your mind http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirteenthnile/4546397775/
  95. “Our bodies change our minds, our minds change our behavior, and our behavior changes our outcomes.” - Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are TED talk
  96. Cop a Power Pose
  97. Adjust & Replace
  98. “It’s all preparation. The magic happens at the stove.” - Daniel Steinberg, Crazy and Focused
  99. Laying the foundation Photo: Denise Jacobs
  100. Train Your Brain http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiarescott/3211540197/
  101. Left v. Right brain? http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=left%20brain%20right%20brain&order=9&offset=48#/d10qlpq
  102. Left hemisphere http://www.flickr.com/photos/smittenkittenoriginals/4451172538/
  103. Right hemisphere http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorelei-ranveig/2294885580/
  104. A balanced brain http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4639590640/
  105. Our brains produce…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblue98/7254347346/
  106. Know your Brainwaves
  107. Get your Alpha on
  108. 5 Easy ways access to Alpha http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  109. (1) Breathe to refocus http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldave/3065425105/
  110. (2) Lay down; be prone http://www.flickr.com/photos/snazzy54/4581347651/
  111. (3) Daydream/Space out http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
  112. (4) Takes a shower http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3761878381/
  113. (5) Get physical http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  114. “When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  115. Manage time http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolocampioni/2168286027/
  116. To DON’T https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  117. Say NO to Distractions http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideon/6582069/
  118. Instill the Headphones Rule https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/9824922293
  119. RescueTime.com
  120. HeyFocus.com
  121. Added bonus
  122. Tools RescueTime.com GetConcentrating.com HeyFocus.com Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Aids for digital blocking
  123. Single-task http://www.flickr.com/photos/33498942@N04/6009639079/
  124. Pomodoro Technique http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  125. Airplane mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  126. Connect & Play
  127. Do It With Others http://www.flickr.com/photos/u-suke/5668302030/
  128. Mo’ people, mo’ ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/seretuaccidente/147686396/
  129. Avoid sameness http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/3774973833/
  130. Diverse environments http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirinwiniger/3680885289/
  131. Share ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanpalmero/4278466639/
  132. Don’t keep them to yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8127201319/
  133. Share mistakes http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilt/26322670/
  134. Amplify the ideas of others http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/54381130/
  135. Improv http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  136. Plus it http://www.flickr.com/photos/66568868@N00/6032481145/
  137. The structure
  138. Make your partner look good http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
  139. Expands, does not contract http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5752191246/
  140. Power-Push Writing Photo: Anna B. Scott
  141. Free & Clear
  142. Before http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  143. After http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualdoubts/4087935894/
  144. The stage is set for Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
  145. Find
  146. •  Clarity about & confidence in you want to achieve •  Level of mastery •  Cleared space; materials on hand •  Time carved out; distractions eliminated •  Practice in place The previous steps lead you here:
  147. (Re)Gain Creative Confidence http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055807492/
  148. “…the confidence that, when given a difficult problem, we have a methodology that enables us to come up with a solution that nobody has before.” - David Kelley, Founder of Ideo
  149. Ideas are on and poppin’! http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
  150. A transformation happens http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5392982007/
  151. Reclaim our power http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  152. By realizing
  153. Nudge your comfort zone
  154. “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” - Anna Freud
  155. Value yourself and process http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  156. Moving forward http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  157. “Creativity makes day to day experiences more vivid, more enjoyable, more rewarding. When we live creatively, boredom is banished and every moment holds the promise of a fresh discovery.” - Mihali Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity
  158. It’s how & why I do what I do Photo: Derek Kearney
  159. “The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” -Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”
  160. You’re a precious resource http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
  161. In order for you to create
  162. Need to Get Unblocked http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  163. You are my starfish https://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrated1/3323936783
  164. Make better things AND http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5319988695/
  165. I hope that you http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/2781415869/
  166. The End…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/232100469/
  167. Thank you http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/4759535970/
  168. Four Secrets to Enhancing Creative Productivity www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/four-secrets-enhancing-creative-productivity-9126098 Banishing Your Inner Critic alistapart.com/articles/banishing-your-inner-critic/ Reigniting Your Creative Spark alistapart.com/articles/reigniting-your-creative-spark/ Breaking the Perfectionism-Procrastination Infinite Loop webstandardssherpa.com/reviews/breaking-the-perfectionism-procrastination-infinite-loop/ My articles for further reading
  169. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect with me! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/

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