"It is good to obey all the rules when you're young, so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old."
--- Mark Twain
Google is sitting on top of the world right now. Innovation, creativity, hard work, and talent all contribute to Google's success. But, do you know how Google comes up with all its cool new services and innovative tools? Do you think that their people struggle through 60-hour weeks to come up with all those new ideas? Not exactly, and they may have a model that you could use for yourself or your company to increase innovation.
"You must master your time rather than becoming a slave to the constant flow of events and demands on your time. And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace."
--- Brian Tracy
Google encourages its engineers to spend one day a week, or 20 percent of their time, on projects that are unrelated to work. Called "20 percent time," the concept is credited with helping the company bypass the competition and develop cash cow products.
It could be that your efforts to strive for creativity and innovation may actually be preventing you from breaking through to the next great idea. The need to get to a point of diminishing return for the time that you invest in your work is greater than ever. You could potentially achieve more by working less.
"The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
-- Marcel Proust
Asked to explain the difference between himself and an average person, Albert Einstein
explained that, when faced with the problem of finding a needle in a haystack, the average person would stop when he or she found a needle. But Einstein would tear through the entire haystack looking for all possible needles.
But, Mr. Einstein also took hours, days, and weeks to himself (outside of his work) just to reflect. Thoughts, some very creative, and some not so inventive, would flow through his mind. What he did with those gave him his reputation of being a genius. The point is that he didn't just constantly work to achieve his goals, but allowed the "downtime" to inspire him.
"My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things."
--- Bill Gates
While it is desirable to have total concentration and focus on the tasks needed to bring success to a business, it is also required to have all brain activity rested and functioning to full capacity. That is why working on unrelated projects, as Google's engineers do, is so important for your team members to recharge and re-focus.
"Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists."
--- Edward de Bono
For some business owners, the luxury of giving team members "20 percent time" is taking time away from the business of making profits. But, if these team members can use the time to work in another area of the business, the company will benefit from the productivity of cross-trained employees as well as better, creative thinkers.
Consider a job rotation system every couple of weeks to break up daily ruts and instill new energy and live into your organization.
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