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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? Creativedo.se/ndcoslo-gu
  3. Blocked?
  4. “The entire industry is broken.” - Ted Neward, Managers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus
  5. Managers
  6. Office-bound http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewf/393637161/
  7. Time pressures http://www.flickr.com/photos/indraw/4857101224/
  8. Demanding clients http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/154640125/
  9. Bureaucracy http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/4749431435/
  10. Oppressed http://www.flickr.com/photos/johannahobbs/2412291551/
  11. Instead of this http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8156999698/
  12. You run into road blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  13. And you run completely http://royhoes.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Inspiration-85588391
  14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfear/289257055/ When in the creative flow
  15. We are alchemists http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faust_image_19thcentury.jpg
  16. It feels like http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2761300969/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  21. We give our power away https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6D-O5ECr5EUow5jrck2A2A
  22. Instead of power, we feel… https://www.flickr.com/photos/70938871@N05/8230432077
  23. Building Blocks
  24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ It starts early
  25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/7324305636/ Three stories
  26. Three stories http://www.behance.net/gallery/Once-Upon-a-Time/2918365
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kharied/3315558702/
  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” https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcsdwarken/7490078656
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenzzz_14/7031233649/
  46. After writing this…
  47. I had an epiphany http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055814772/
  48. We ALL hold the power http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/267598910/
  49. For Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  50. Internalized critical voices http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeapalooza/553545517/
  51. Paralyze and imprison us http://www.flickr.com/photos/b3ni/2990601183/
  52. We give so much away
  53. = Blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  54. Lies that we tell ourselves
  55. Adds up; Shuts us down
  56. Instead of creativity
  57. Destructivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevygee/3265941065/
  58. How do we… http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/
  59. Get Unblocked? http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvm_71/5011353192/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyfeline/4626401443/
  64. Internalized criticisms + fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/remoto/5313967682
  65. Evil voices in your head http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/4887528060/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wester/504925076/
  68. Face and ID your Inner Critic http://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdachialpha/203904103/
  69. Impostor Syndrome
  70. Impostor Syndrome Paradox http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  71. Comparisons http://www.flickr.com/photos/automania/126698126/
  72. Perfectionism http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  73. Focus on the finished product… https://www.flickr.com/photos/phatcontroller/3667889959/
  74. Instead of the process http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/
  75. “The Best” vs “The most” https://www.flickr.com/photos/villify/10871945326
  76. “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
  77. The real problem http://cuttingthecheese.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/26810560251953842_ede18tng_f.jpg
  78. Procrastination http://www.flickr.com/photos/irrezolut/2311904560/
  79. Feed each other
  80. Fear of failure http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717325940/
  81. F.E.A.R. = http://cdnpix.com/show/imgs/7a361666e107cd36656d5a66ea2e4e80.jpg
  82. Or, the alternative https://twitter.com/Phishtitz/status/474661495935365120
  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 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_Wright_of_Derby_The_Alchemist.jpg
  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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/31505964@N08/4691019168/
  88. Eliminate Should/Must/Ought/Have to http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3822942678/
  89. Comparisons aren’t real http://www.flickr.com/photos/suvodeb/2559017400/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2717326642/
  93. And mistakes
  94. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
  95. Be bad/make it ugly https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpwerker/6051104684
  96. Take it a step further Photo: Denise Jacobs
  97. Change your body, change your mind http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirteenthnile/4546397775/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiarescott/3211540197/
  104. Left v. Right brain? http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=left%20brain%20right%20brain&order=9&offset=48#/d10qlpq
  105. Left hemisphere http://www.flickr.com/photos/smittenkittenoriginals/4451172538/
  106. Right hemisphere http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorelei-ranveig/2294885580/
  107. A balanced brain http://www.flickr.com/photos/47691521@N07/4639590640/
  108. Our brains produce…? http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblue98/7254347346/
  109. Know your brainwaves
  110. Get your Alpha on
  111. 5 Easy ways access to Alpha http://uniteunderfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brain-waves.jpg
  112. (1) Breathe to refocus http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldave/3065425105/
  113. (2) Lay down; be prone http://www.flickr.com/photos/snazzy54/4581347651/
  114. (3) Daydream/Space out http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
  115. (4) Takes a shower http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3761878381/
  116. (5) Get physical http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  117. “When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist
  118. Exercise Discipline http://www.flickr.com/photos/bizz0k0/3432638748/
  119. Manage time http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolocampioni/2168286027/
  120. To DON’T https://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/1043379069
  121. Say NO to Distractions http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideon/6582069/
  122. Instill the Headphones Rule https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/9824922293
  123. RescueTime.com
  124. HeyFocus.com
  125. Added bonus
  126. Tools RescueTime.com GetConcentrating.com HeyFocus.com Browser Extensions Firefox: LeechBlock Idderall Google Chrome: Strict Workflow StayFocusd Aids for digital blocking
  127. Single-task http://www.flickr.com/photos/33498942@N04/6009639079/
  128. Pomodoro Technique http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/4975166968/
  129. Airplane mode http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieterouwerkerk/699475144/
  130. Connect & Play
  131. Do It With Others http://www.flickr.com/photos/u-suke/5668302030/
  132. Mo’ people, mo’ ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/seretuaccidente/147686396/
  133. Avoid sameness http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/3774973833/
  134. Diverse environments http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirinwiniger/3680885289/
  135. Share ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanpalmero/4278466639/
  136. Don’t keep them to yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8127201319/
  137. Share mistakes http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilt/26322670/
  138. Amplify the ideas of others http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/54381130/
  139. Improv http://www.flickr.com/photos/roel1943/5740295789/
  140. Plus it http://www.flickr.com/photos/66568868@N00/6032481145/
  141. The structure
  142. Make your partner look good http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04/4597640798/
  143. Expands, does not contract http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5752191246/
  144. In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs
  145. Free & Clear
  146. Before http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/860951845/
  147. After http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualdoubts/4087935894/
  148. The stage is set for Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgeithner/5290115839/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/44085287@N05/4055807492/
  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’! http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4957946157/
  154. A transformation happens http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5392982007/
  155. Reclaim our power http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/2847866615/
  160. Moving forward http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/6005503875/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/siutou_amy/2306794554/
  165. In order for you to create
  166. Need to Get Unblocked http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/3564484236/
  167. Make better things AND http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5319988695/
  168. I hope that you http://www.flickr.com/photos/boojee/2781415869/
  169. The End…? Photo: Denise Jacobs
  170. Get the slides! Creativedo.se/ndcoslo-gu
  171. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  172. Please take the Creative Blocks Survey Creativedo.se/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.com @thecreativedose
  174. Creative Collaboration: Tools for Teams workshop! Room 10, 1:40-4:00pm
  175. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect, Chat, and Collaborate! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  176. Thank you http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/4759535970/

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