No matter who you are, everyone encounters stress from time to time. In a busy and competitive world such as the product design and development market, it seems as if it’s almost always required that everyone keeps their cool to stay focused and create easy product designs. As much as it sounds like being calm and unstressed is an easy task, life can get in the way, and it can become difficult to stay put together or productive. If you’re currently going through a rut and are looking for some answers on how to pull yourself out of a stressful lifestyle and hit a reset, we have some tips that can help bring you back to productivity and stress-free inventing so you can get right back into the life of invention, creation and production!
Take Some Time Off
A common mistake that most inventors put themselves through is the idea that if they “work through” the stress, they will eventually forget about their stress and power through it. This might work for some, or even temporarily, but pushing past your problems or stress won’t help you destress in inventing. However, what this can do is add onto your stress and affect your workflow and quality of work. It’s important to recognize when stress is beginning to affect your work and promptly request time off from work or else creating easy product designs, won’t come easy at all. If you’re worried that you might become an inconvenience to your workplace or to your own productivity, you’ll thank yourself later when you get back to work with reduced stress and a clear mind. It’s always important to remember that the quality of your work is more valuable than the time you spend working on something.
If you feel like you’re going through a problem or are stressed out, don’t be afraid to reach out! This not only means reaching out to friends and family, but letting your colleagues know about your situation. Not only does this bring you closer to your team, but it creates clear communication about how your work may be affected by your situation. Additionally, opening up to your colleagues can increase team moral, support and promote a healthy workplace, and empty out your mind from worries. If you feel like you have too much going on in your life, try reaching out to professional help such as a therapist or mentor to help you destress and calm down.
Experience Something New
Sometimes the mundanity of routine can get to all of us – even those who love routine! If you find yourself stressed, try reevaluating how you spend your time. If you find that you spend too much time focusing on mundane tasks or working too much, add some spontaneity to your life and plan to research or get involved in a new activity that you can look forward to doing every day. Building hobbies in new areas is not only great growth for finding out more about yourself but can help with taking a mental break from working too much and make for stress-free inventing once you get back. Through meeting new people and experiencing new things, you might find a new invention or product idea come up! Expanding your horizons through different activities is a great way to return back to stress-free inventing and find enjoyment in things outside of work life.
Find the Root of the Problem – Don’t Deflect
Most of the time, when people encounter stress in their life, they try quick “stress-relieving” remedies hoping their stress goes away quick. The problem with this method is that even though you may be able to get rid of your stress for the time being, if you don’t discover the reason of why you were initially stressed and quickly resolve that source of stress, then that same source of stress will continue to exist and inevitably, you’ll become stressed again. It’s important to find the root of what made you stressed and make sure you rid of it immediately so that it doesn’t exist as an underlying issue that can rebuild stress or add pressure in your day to day life in order to return back to stress-free inventing.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.