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“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

This makes perfect sense for a painter who is an arm’s length away from his work most of the day.  Its only once he climbs off his scaffold and glances at a full view of his work that he can see clearly the areas that need improvement.  I feel like a painter sometimes.

Why can’t we take this same approach for the projects we are working on.  Often, we get so mired in the day to day stuff that it becomes increasingly diificult for us to remember what the whole picture looks like and to get creative with its direction.


(Shot at Mont Saint Michel, France)

How do you get a clear picture of your business projects?  

  • Evona Niewiadomska

    When you’re always on the GO GO GO, your head can feel like a popcorn machine, ideas and plans flying around and new thoughts popping in mixing everything up. I think its important to take a break and have a personal brainstorming session … Jot all the ideas and plans you have on a piece of paper and get them out of your head in order to “see” what you’ve got going up in there – Feel the calming effect of having everything written down and once you’re ready and relaxed .. start organizing and making action plans for everything you’ve been thinking about.

    • http://pursuitofeverything.com/ ajleon

      Agree with you 100%

  • Jessica Eastman

    Thank you, Leonardo. That is a perfect quote, and I definitely agree. Go away and come back having gained better, more objective judgement. Nice video, AJ! Jealous of your surroundings. For me, to get a clear picture and to stir some creativity, I go to the beach and think.

    • http://pursuitofeverything.com/ ajleon

      My dad used to go to beach to clear his head, its the *perfect* setting

  • Elizabeth Briel

    Perspective is crucial. I’m an artist, and as I work on a painting I’ll take photos of it. Thumbnail-sized versions of an artwork also give an idea of what it’ll look like online.