So it’s a Friday. You’re glad that the work week is over, because you’re at your wits’ end – you’ve had a long week filled with nearly impossible deadlines, and you’re just looking forward to getting the weekend to yourself so that you can finally unwind. Yet, there is one question lingering in your mind, “Is this all that life has to offer? An endless cycle of dreading Mondays and looking forward to Fridays?”
Millennials have been branded “the tired generation”, with higher levels of stress recorded in this age group than our predecessors. Thanks to their strong drive to succeed, we know that sooner or later, they will find that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that there cannot be success if there isn’t any suffering prior. Undoubtedly, it’s easier said than done, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 things you will need to get motivated:
Consider these statistics: Inc.com reports that the odds of achieving start-up success on a large scale are about one in 10,000. These statistics don’t just apply to start-ups; failure is evident in most of the success stories that we hear of today. Failure is in fact inevitable, and once you’ve accepted that, the less afraid of it you’ll be. Design Thinking teaches us to fail early and often, because the earlier you discover your mistakes, the lower the cost of them, which also means that you can acquire useful feedback to refine your idea sooner.
Judgement is a survival instinct; something we developed over the course of human evolution. We tend to associate ourselves and the things around us with what’s similar and be wary of the opposite. It leads to us having assumptions and preconceived notions, some of which may be crippling when we are trying to push ourselves to do better. We become judgemental of our own ideas, and are unwilling to take risks, assuming that things won’t work for whatever reason – but most of the time, it’s all in our heads. By releasing your inhibitions, you get to see and test things for yourself before jumping to conclusions. You will also be trained to constantly seek fuller understanding of the bigger picture. This, then, empowers you with the creative confidence you need to explore uncharted territory, fueling you to go further with your ideas.
People tend to avoid experimentation because it invites risk. As humans, we learn best by doing. Experimentation reveals various insights, perspectives, and experiences that we might otherwise miss if we’re too obsessed with getting things right the first time. What we learn during the experimentation process can be applied to better ourselves and our work, and by leveraging on the iterative nature of Design Thinking, these processes can be further refined based on the insights we’ve gathered throughout the entire process. Simply put: the more experiences you have, the better you’ll be at making more informed decisions in the future.
Teamwork is much easier said than done, but in reality, it is a proven tool in propelling individuals and companies to success. No man is an island, and one of the 12 Design Thinking commandments is “teach teams with teams”, which essentially means the sharing of knowledge and ideas among teams. This is important not only because it eliminates bias, but it also provides a great opportunity to learn from peers and increase our depth of understanding. By feeding off the energy of other team members, you will also be empowered to put on a united front, working together towards achieving a common goal. Take, for instance, a pack of wolves. Each wolf has a clearly defined role in a pack; female wolves are quick and more agile, so they take on herding roles, confusing their prey before letting the larger male wolves take the down the prey. When they are hunting, these wolves howl and even use eye movements to communicate with each other to ensure coordination. This is what teamwork is about.
A lot of our stress comes from our environment. Studies have shown that office space is a major factor in an employee’s levels of productivity and efficiency at work. Of course, there is no one type of “ideal” office space that would suit all employees across the board, but if you’re one to need natural lighting, a well-ventilated space, and lots of leg room, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Better yet, occupy your space with modular furniture (much like ours!) that can be easily moved to instantly create space for all occasions. Manipulate space, make it work for you and you’ll find yourself pumped to get through any work day!