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Get Unblocked - NDC Oslo 2015


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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 - NDC Oslo 2015

  1. @denisejacobs @NDC_Conferences #NDCOslo #getunblocked
  2. Want the slides?
  3. Blocked?
  4. “The entire industry is broken.” - Ted Neward, Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus
  5. Managers
  6. Office-bound
  7. Time pressures
  8. Demanding clients
  9. Bureaucracy
  10. Oppressed
  11. Instead of this
  12. You run into road blocks
  13. And you run completely
  14. When in the creative flow
  15. We are alchemists
  16. It feels like
  17. “Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk
  18. We’re powerful creators
  19. “Developers are like the Jedi: we’re all tapped into The Force.” - Ted Neward, Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus
  20. Instead of using it fully
  21. We give our power away
  22. Instead of power, we feel…
  23. Building Blocks
  24. & It starts early
  25. Three stories
  26. Three stories
  27. Age 6
  28. Father Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  29. Photos: Deloria Jacobs Mother & Sister
  30. Me? More of a graphic artist Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  31. Compared myself
  32. ( I have to be like them to be creative. )
  33. Age 10
  34. Photo: Deloria Jacobs Oldest friend in the world
  35. ( “Who do you think you are?” )
  36. “I should tone it down”
  37. Age 24
  38. I graduated! Yay! Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  39. Maybe be a writer?
  40. “Do you know how hard it is to get published?” - My father
  41. My father was bad-ass Photo: Deloria Jacobs
  42. “I have to be superlative”
  43. I binge-created for years
  44. But never felt deserving
  45. Always a bit in the closet
  46. After writing this…
  47. I had an epiphany
  48. We ALL hold the power
  49. For Empowered
  50. Internalized critical voices
  51. Paralyze and imprison us
  52. We give so much away
  53. = Blocks
  54. Lies that we tell ourselves
  55. Adds up; Shuts us down
  56. Instead of creativity
  57. Destructivity
  58. How do we…
  59. Get Unblocked?
  60. “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”
  61. The Process
  62. Recognize & Banish
  63. Physical evidence of fear
  64. Internalized criticisms + fears
  65. Evil voices in your head
  66. “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
  67. You can’t outrun them
  68. Face and ID your Inner Critic
  69. Impostor Syndrome
  70. Impostor Syndrome Paradox
  71. Comparisons
  72. Perfectionism
  73. Focus on the finished product…
  74. Instead of the process
  75. “The Best” vs “The most”
  76. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  77. The real problem
  78. Procrastination
  79. Feed each other
  80. Fear of failure
  81. F.E.A.R. =
  82. Or, the alternative
  83. “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
  84. Become a Fear Alchemist
  85. “The goal is to manage anxiety so that our energies are used for the productive and satisfying art of creating…
  86. …rather than the destructive and debilitating art of self-torture.” - Clare Warmke, Idea Revolution
  87. Banish the Inner Critic
  88. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought/Have to
  89. Comparisons aren’t real
  90. “You cannot compare your insides to someone else’s outside.”
  91. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ― Dr. Maya Angelou
  92. Reframe failure
  93. And mistakes
  94. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  95. Be bad/make it ugly
  96. Take it a step further Photo: Denise Jacobs
  97. Change your body, change your mind
  98. “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
  99. Cop a Power Pose
  100. Adjust & Replace
  101. Laying the foundation Photo: Denise Jacobs
  102. “It’s all preparation. The magic happens at the stove.” - Daniel Steinberg, Crazy and Focused
  103. Train Your Brain
  104. Left v. Right brain?
  105. Left hemisphere
  106. Right hemisphere
  107. A balanced brain
  108. Our brains produce…?
  109. Know your brainwaves
  110. Get your Alpha on
  111. 5 Easy ways access to Alpha
  112. (1) Breathe to refocus
  113. (2) Lay down; be prone
  114. (3) Daydream/Space out
  115. (4) Takes a shower
  116. (5) Get physical
  117. “When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  118. Exercise Discipline
  119. Manage time
  120. To DON’T
  121. Say NO to Distractions
  122. Instill the Headphones Rule
  125. Added bonus
  126. Tools Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Aids for digital blocking
  127. Single-task
  128. Pomodoro Technique
  129. Airplane mode
  130. Connect & Play
  131. Do It With Others
  132. Mo’ people, mo’ ideas
  133. Avoid sameness
  134. Diverse environments
  135. Share ideas
  136. Don’t keep them to yourself
  137. Share mistakes
  138. Amplify the ideas of others
  139. Improv
  140. Plus it
  141. The structure
  142. Make your partner look good
  143. Expands, does not contract
  144. In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs
  145. Free & Clear
  146. Before
  147. After
  148. The stage is set for Flow
  149. Find
  150. •  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:
  151. (Re)Gain Creative Confidence
  152. “…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
  153. Ideas are on and poppin’!
  154. A transformation happens
  155. Reclaim our power
  156. By realizing
  157. Nudge your comfort zone
  158. “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” - Anna Freud
  159. Value yourself and process
  160. Moving forward
  161. “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
  162. It’s how & why I do what I do Photo: Derek Kearney
  163. “The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” -Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”
  164. YOU are a precious resource
  165. In order for you to create
  166. Need to Get Unblocked
  167. Make better things AND
  168. I hope that you
  169. The End…? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  170. Get the slides!
  171. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  172. Please take the Creative Blocks Survey
  173. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness. Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion @thecreativedose
  174. Creative Collaboration: Tools for Teams workshop! Room 10, 1:40-4:00pm
  175.  Sign up on my mailing list here! Connect, Chat, and Collaborate! Photo used with permission:
  176. Thank you