How To Get Perspective Without Leaving Town?

How To Get Perspective Without Leaving Town I did leave town, for a two-week vacation, and am just back and hugely refreshed.

What’s startling is how clearly I can see my way through two client communications challenges that seemed impossible to solve before the break. They’ve just settled into place, and I can’t understand why I didn’t see it before.

So my challenge to you (and to myself) is this: How to get perspective on communications work, without leaving town?

I’ve tried these techniques with some success over the years, but am looking for new ideas:

  • Brainstorming with a colleague or friend, preferably one in a different line of work
  • Putting “it” (whatever the challenge is) away for a few days.

Please share your strategies for getting perspective by clicking the Comments link below. And thanks, in advance, for your help!

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Nancy Schwartz on September 1, 2009 in Nonprofit Communications, Strategy | 3 comments
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  • alita

    Call your mother. Always helps me. :)

  • Hi Nancy –
    Two of my favorites: (1) walking on the treadmill (walking outside seems to be more distracting with the traffic and all. My mind wanders and flows much better on the treadmill) and (2) long drives — at least 30 minutes — with no one else in the car.
    Glad to have you back on the blog!

  • Hi Nancy
    I’m cheating a little on the ‘not leaving town’ criteria because I did go interstate but I recently took two weeks off where, for the first time in a decade, I didn’t take work with me, read emails or answer business calls and I specifically requested friends and family to pack away the ‘how’s work?’ question for the duration. Now I can already here the cries of ‘that’s alright for you with a small team behind you but I’m a one-person show etc’ and I sympathise because I’ve been there. My point is simply that even if you can manage it for a few days, the mind R&R that’s achieved is significantly re-energising and on returning I was able to see far more clearly the things that really mattered.

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