Creative work is the most fun kind of work, right?
Maybe you agree. Maybe not. But all of us have some level of creativity that our job requires. Where I work (click here), we often begin creative work with a meeting where we drag out a giant black bulletin board, some colorful note cards, a bunch of thumbtacks, and go to work throwing ideas up on the board. The end result?
Actually, our office is filled with boards like that and it’s a great exercise for a team. But if I’m honest? Those boards are kind of expensive. And, I often find myself working alone at a Starbucks, still needing to throw around ideas, still needing to think creatively, and still needing to be able to rearrange ideas, but not exactly wanting to create a scene by dragging a 4ft creative board on an easel into the coffee shop. (Oh, I’m extra. But not that extra.)
That’s why I was super excited recently when I discovered an extra portable, extra convenient, extra extra cheap solution for a creative meeting on the go. I was working on a talk for this camp we do, but I needed a place to play with some ideas. So I dropped by a dollar store and here’s what I found.
And it worked! Here's my portable creative board.
Now, the sketch pad and the sticky notes live in a little pouch in my backpack. For a total of $2, I've able to have my own creative meeting at my local coffee shop, without drawing too much attention and take the results with me when I leave.