I spent this week at CPSI in Atlanta. As it says on its website “The Creative Problem Solving Institute is like no other conference. It is a hands-on learning experience that allows you to think differently…” And I agree.
Never before I have been in a room with so many creative thinkers from so many walks of life. Never before have I Sufi danced (not sure that shall happen again, but we will see). Never before have I sat around with a bunch of adults and made puppets out of paper bags, created towers out of sheets of paper, communicated without talking to decide what sound should represent a color or pretended to be a rabid squirrel.
But that is CPSI.
I went for work and I think I got a lot of professionally applicable tips and ideas for new techniques.
However, I think I got more out of it on a personal level. I can’t say for sure whether it was the conference or just the act of escaping from my normal life, and having some time to myself. Nonetheless, I am happy I went.
I worked on my book more in those three days than I have in the past 6 months. I am actually excited about it again.
I talked to lots of interesting people and I even danced.
And I worked on a creative problem with a room full of strangers – how to better manage my personal time. With everyone’s help, I realized it wasn’t so much an issue of time, as much as my attitude. I needed more time for myself in my daily life, so that I could feel happier and more fulfilled. I suspect that will result in better relationships with my kids and my husband. And when I am happier, I have more energy, which should help with my laundry piles and my dirty dishes, etc.
With that in mind, I have decided to give myself 30 minutes of purposeful “me time” everyday. It doesn’t have to be productive, but it has to be a decision, not me falling on the couch staring at the TV at the end of the day, when I am too tired to think, never mind enjoy the time.
I tried to wake up early this morning for my “me time”, but I was too tired to wake up early. 0 for 1. Perhaps, tonight or tomorrow will work out better. I will keep you posted on my progress.