Many employees today are stressed out and struggling to balance their workload and personal lives. (Who even has time to discuss work/life balance, much less execute it?) Artists have a lot to teach us about the importance of play, working within limitations, and protecting our creative energy from the eroding forces of technology, which is ever-present in the form of email, texts, and social media.
Milk*, an ad agency in Norwalk, Connecticut, invited me to conduct two workshops with their staff. We discussed how embracing limitation can actually make you more creative in your work and personal life, and also how important play is, especially when we are stressed and under deadline pressure. Using some of today’s most interesting contemporary artists, writers, and musicians as examples, we learned how to bring the lessons of the artistic life into the workplace.