It’s after work on a Tuesday, now what? You got through the worst of it but there is still three more days until freedom. So how do you get past those WTF blues? I’ve got a few suggestions to get you through.
I continued my education after high school at Montana State University. The degree of choice was a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design. If you're not familiar with what you study with a graphic design degree, it's basically a four year trade school degree with emphasis in art (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, etc.) and then a study in how to create logos, print media, concept art, website design and the like. When I was enrolled in my classes, there was one design student that was an excellent developer as well as an artist, and when we created websites in one course his skill set allowed his website to be far far better then anyone else in the class.
I am a firm believer that challenging yourself to learn new skills fuels your work performance. However, I think work performance is only the tip of the iceberg.
It's a powerful force when you're able to do something that interests you. Letting your mind wander can produce or connect ideas or thoughts that you never thought you had. After all, there's a reason why Google, HP, 3M, and several other companies have adopted the 80/20 rule. The rule allows their employees to work on assigned tasks 80% of the time then spend the rest on tasks or hobbies they enjoy doing. The article can be found through the link below.
As for myself, challenging yourself to learn new skills has an overwhelming effect on my overall health and well-being, which translates into both the quality and quantity of work performance.
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I often go back after finishing a project and wonder, what inspired me to do that? I realize that inspiration can often be subconscious and isn't always going to be found in a Google search or on Pinterest. That being said, It’s not always a visual experience; sometimes it can happen because you just feel good. Here are 7 things to get you in the mood…
To design--of course.
Team Prime has been around for over 5 years now (cheers to that!) and along with all the growth, great clients and awesome people we work with, there comes taxes, payroll, lease agreements and other headaches associated with running a small business. As much as we'd like to say we know what we are doing, there's room for improvement. Heck, between Ben, Gregg and myself, we have two art degrees and a history degree and a grand total of MAYBE 4 to 5-ish business classes.
Enter the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. I was lucky enough to be referred to this program by Ryan Rickert, an alumni of the program from the year before who is a client and a good friend of mine. Goldman Sachs, you say? Small Business? "Sign me up," I'm thinking. I signed up, filled in all the required fields, and after a thorough interview process, I found out I was the recipient of one business education golden ticket to Babson College, located outside Boston, MA.
July 4th - What's not to like? The weather is usually hot and awesome, it's an additional day off from the daily grind at the office, and there are fireworks, cold bevvies, BBQs, and time spent with friends and family. It can't be beat in this guy's opinion. The 4th of July has some deeper meaning to me, as my 4th of July, 2004 was spent in the hot, dusty desert of Iraq. As as member of the Montana Air National Guard, I always knew there was a possibility of deployment, and sure enough, I got the call, packed my bags and headed out. There's nothing like an experience like that to make you realize what's important in life. Before I left, I remember how irritated I would get with all the "first world" problems - irritating drivers on the road, the cost of gas, my beer wasn't cold enough - you know, those little things that happen every day that add up and can get under your skin. I now make a conscious effort to catch myself when I start getting irritated to think big picture. We have it so damn good in this country.
Is there a woman on your marketing team? If so, you better thank your lucky stars! Woman rule consumer demographics and without that feminine touch in marketing you can say buh-bye to a successful campaign. Not only can we rock jeggings, live longer and smell amazing, we also have the power to decide the fate of your product or service. So why not also trust our approach to marketing? Women are more similar than they are different, and hey, your mom ALWAYS knew best, right? As a female in marketing, I know the secrets to making your campaign successful. Here are five reasons your campaign could use a little female nurturing:
As a designer, I am constantly sifting through stock photography. It never fails that I come across some random, often disturbing, awkward stock images that I can't help but share around the office. I mean, these are photos that just can't be shunned to the depths of stock catalogs no matter how weird they are!
I haven't chimed in with a blog in a while as I have been busy traveling for client meetings and spending time with my family to celebrate my daughter's 1st birthday and baptism. But I am back in the office for at least a few weeks so I am getting back in the saddle, so to speak.
For most people in our country, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and this holds true for our office. Starting this week we switch to our summer schedule where we only work until 1pm on Fridays. This gives our staff the ability to get out and enjoy Montana. We have all chosen to live here for a reason and most of those reasons have something to do with recreation. So as we continue to carry out our "Work Hard, Play Hard," motto, here are a few spots that I am looking foward to hiking this summer.
College is a hub for young, soon-to-be professionals transitioning into the working world. Typically, the only experience they have in an area is from what their professors have taught them.
The college experience is different for everyone but I would argue that it developes a sense of core concepts with the ability to question in all students (who apply themselves). These concepts are extremely important but nothing can prepare you for the working world - other than the working world.
Here are a few noticable differences that I learned while working for PRIME that college doesn't teach.