I find the best way to keep my mind focused on something that might be called work is to find ways to turn it into play. Or at least this is what I tell myself when I need to justify all the time I spend playing when I should be getting something done. The easiest way to convince myself that I am playing productively is to tell myself I’m playing with ideas that some day may be brought into practice in the real world.
On occasion, I have even managed to translate an idea into a set of actions with impact in corners of the world where people like that sort of thing. So it is not too difficult for me to trick myself into believing that the idea I play with today may wake up tomorrow as an action or a plan – perhaps even as an enacted plan, dragging behind it something suspiciously similar to a concrete result. Everyone needs a dream, don’t they.
Anyway, I like this ‘today’s play = tomorrow’s work’ theme so much that I have named my organization development consultancy IdeaPractice. The Ideas in Practice blog is a place I’ll come to play with an idea as I try to figure out whether or not it deserves to be put into practice.
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