I’m part of CA’s Leadership Development Program which involves reading a bunch of books about how the brain works. Much of it is repetitive for me, as I’ve studied the brain to improve my performance as a competitive athlete but I’m learning a lot that’s interesting.
The way we work today is fascinating. I’ve always worked globally, so I’m used to working in different time zones. However, the pace of today’s workplace has increased in a way that limits regenerative downtime, downtime essential for creatives (like myself).
As I was reading through Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long I saw this quote:
It’s not you; it’s your brain. And you can’t go into a meeting at four o’clock in the afternoon and expect yourself and everyone else to come up with brilliant ideas. It’s not you or them; it’s your brain.
How is this supposed to work when 4PM is the time that works for your project team, some who are in Europe and others who are in India?
And, when all of one’s work involves distributed teams and regular status calls (Agile FTW)… how’s one supposed to bring their top creative game? It’s hard. Possibly, too hard. And, it may not be you… it might be your brain.