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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.

2 Comments on On Imagination and Procedure

  1. Steve Mills
    October 31, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Seamus,

    Yes it is often a very hard road to walk, the whole creative / job that actually pays money.

    There is big potential where you work (I read the magazine every month) to do a heap of great stuff online, develop your own branded product and a worldwide subscriber base / mailing list.

    The web site at the moment is looking pretty good too. Big improvement on what it used to be like.

    I’ve had about 10 years of experience with this whole online marketing / web development thing, so if you need a hand or someone to bounce an idea off just drop me an email.

  2. Melina
    December 21, 2007 at 10:06 am

    very interesting. i’m adding in RSS Reader

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