I was inspired by a half empty bottle of wine
Back in 2012 I was working with a very diverse team. We had people from all over the world stationed in Pune helping companies build their digital business. We had a nice cozy bungalow office in the heart of The city. It was a late Thursday night and I went to the kitchen to get a quick snack. As I entered the kitchen I saw a half empty bottle of wine lying with its lid open. I started walking towards the bottle and couldn’t help but visually imagine how this bottle of wine came to existence. I held the bottle in my hands and I felt inspired.
Why I was inspired by a bottle of wine?
Contemplate this - Wine was discovered thousands of years ago (around 6000BC). Ancient people consumed this drink to get intoxicated. It played an important role in religion. The Catholic church uses it in its mass. Red wine was associated to “the blood of those who had once battled the gods” by ancient Egyptians. This rich history of wine just inspires me. A recipe passed over through generations and perfected to this bottle I hold in my hand. I felt privileged.
It’s just not a bottle of wine that can inspire you. The mobile you are using to read this story, the club you go to every Friday or that wonderful piece of software that makes your job easier. Think deeply about the effort people have put into building these objects. The mission that drove them everyday to work and produce these wonderful things we keep using. The history around the existence of these objects. We have always been inspired by the work others do. Be it the autobiography of a great man, a certain incident in history, that wonderful piece of software or those massive maneuvers that travel outside space in search of life elsewhere. Your work will always inspire someone and you will in turn seek inspiration from a different source - Inspiration is a cycle.
Lately I have been listening to this track to get inspired
— Chandra Challa (@cquenx)
Photo credit: Kalle Schärlund
Being at one with your thoughts
It’s 11:00 am — You are in the office. Most of your colleagues are already here. People have gathered in small groups talking about their progress/updates. You take a deep breadth, go into a silent room and start working.
It’s 04:00 pm — You come out of the room, sit on your desk, stare at something that caught your attention. But your mind’s still thinking about the problem you are trying to solve. You are still not entirely focussed, so you plug in. You don’t play your favorite track. You are only plugged in because you want everyone to know you don’t want to be disturbed.
It’s 8:00 pm — You are heading home. Usually you take a rickshaw but today you decided to take a walk. You are still thinking about a solution to your problem. You are visually imagining different variations in a hope that could arrive at your desired result. You know that this particular design will work but you are not sure if it will appeal to your audience.
Making yourself feel disconnected lets you focus
Simple acts of disconnections lets you focus and boost your productivity and more importantly gives you a clarity of mind. Getting into a silent room, plugging in your headphone or taking a walk down the road lets you pour yourself into a problem and be at one with your thoughts.
It’s 01:00 am — You are still dreaming about your problem and finally you have that Eureka moment. You wake up, open your laptop, try it out in Photoshop and send out an email to your colleagues.
My new post on how I am being at one with my thoughts http://t.co/YUsCRdMt4V— Chandra Challa (@cquenx) November 18, 2013