A couple of weeks ago I went along to the Quarterly Geeks Night in Milton Keynes, where I’ve heard many inspiring talks. However, it took me by surprise this time as two of the four speakers were talking about getting away from your PC and doing something creative – arty, crafty, musical, etc. I thought it odd at first, as the talks were nearly always based around digital technology. However, I did feel motivated to have a go at something, and strangely it had a very positive effect on my work as an Instructional Designer/Developer.
So, what could I have a go at? Well, Neil and I have been decorating our bathroom and my part of the deal was to put up a mosaic border where (bad judgement) I was left with 100s of small mosaic squares that were left-overs. So I decided to have a go at creating a seahorse mosaic by bashing up the mosaic squares into smaller pieces and making them into a seahorse design by applying them to a piece of slate we had hanging around. I really enjoyed the smashing up bit (see hammer in photo … make sure you wear glasses/safety specs) and then discovered that it was much like building a jig-saw puzzle – just a case of finding the right piece to fill the gaps.
My thoughts were all over the place as I did this – initially nothing to do with PC work. However, as I gradually relaxed into the jigsaw I did starting thinking about work but in a really relaxed way. Instead of thinking of deadlines I started thinking of new ideas and ways of doing things. Quite an energising experience! I’ve been looking forward to doing a little of my seahorse each day and now I’ve nearly finished I’m already thinking of my next project … what about you?