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October 2007 archive

On Imagination and Procedure

You may have noticed my tagline up top. This stems from an initial idea to call an album (of music) “A New Initiative from the Department of Imagination and Procedure”. I haven’t yet made said album, but the idea hung around and then when I was setting up an actual office earlier this year, from which I was intending to run my own business, I decided to call it the “office of…” instead of the “department of…”.

Then things changed (fine by me) and I closed the office before it even got used and was wooed back into full time employment. (Actually, I volunteered for reasons of practicality.) So anyway, I decided to tag this blog as per above and be done with it.

But of course, as sometimes happens, long after I had grown bored with the “sound” of the phrase (which was what appealed to me in the first place, that and the inherent satire) I began to muse on how it really does sum up the Yin/Yang nature of work. There’s left brain work (Procedure) and left brain (Imagination).

Oh, of course, I meant right and left brain, or is it left and then right? I don’t know, who cares. Boooring!

Getting the idea which side I prefer? Give me creative work any day. (And all the arty types say “Here, here!”)

Unfortunately, in order to get a full time job, which I suddenly needed for reasons of impending fatherhood, I had to take a “procedure” role. And ever since then I have been doing extra personal-development work each morning and evening to buck myself up and get on with business, instead of going insane due to boredom. This strategy has worked to an extent, but frankly it has been increasingly more difficult to endure, despite my silence on the issue.

Silent I may have been, but then yesterday my lovely, intuitive boss must have picked up on it because out of the blue she pulled me into the office and told me that I should do away with all this procedural bullshit and get back to what I do well, being creative. So she has charged me again with working with her to develop and implement entrepreneurial opportunities for the business (brand).

Awesome. I still have to sell, which is fine, I actually enjoy that, but I get to do it in creative ways, by coming up with new ideas, web based and otherwise. I won’t go into details, because I don’t know what they are yet, but it will mean sheer creativity for the fun of it, rather than spreadsheets and protocol and fucking boring shit like that.

Woo Hoo!

And the Lesson is: Do your daily affirmations folks, they work if you believe they will 🙂

Here’s to you finding your dream job, or at least moving towards it day by day. If I can help you with this in any way, just let me know.

Hello from Busy Busy Land

Yes indeed have been a little quiet on the writing front lately due to busyness, the baby is two weeks away, the new position at work is highly demanding, and we moved house, or rather we opened a city-branch so now we have twice the house work to do!

Anyway, I am doing an online course called “TeachingSells” that has me uber uber inspired to get busy online again so stay tuned for that, oh millions of readers, and also I have a CD in the bag (or rather a collection-of-tunes-you-choose-your-preferred-format) so after the bubs is out and about I’ll get on to releasing that.

Ah, Life, she is a joy.