5 things we can learn from “300”

300, directed by Zack Snyder in 2007, is a fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller. Based on the Battle of Thermopylae in the Persian Wars, the film tells the story of King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, who leads 300 Spartans into battle against King Xerxes and his vast Persian army of over 300,000.

Whilst watching the movie, I couldn’t help but consider some of the trials and tribulations that Leonidas and his small army overcame – some of which can be applied as lessons in our modern office today.

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Dealing with Distractions

You work alone. Total renegade.

You don’t like interference from other people.

You thrive on the ability to lose yourself in what you do for hours on end.

Then you get an email. A push notification. A phone call.

All that work you’ve spent the last 4 hours doing has stopped completely in it’s tracks because you’ve been distracted from the task at hand. You were driving the car, and you stop at the red lights because everyone wants to talk to you. Right now.

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I don’t care how you do it, just get it done

This is a quote from the recent Robocop reboot (a film which DID NOT need a reboot…) in which a boss explains a situation to a worker, and it made me think about the distance between different levels within a company.

This distance covers a few things – and it depends on the line of work you’re in. In my role as a remote worker, it’s primarily a geographical distance, which of course brings it’s own set of challenges. For others, it can be different types of distance – technological knowledge, design theory, client management styles and social demographic to name a few.

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I always thought it was easy to get what I wanted in life.

I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to getting the things I have. I have a perfect fiancée, work in a great industry and have no major issues to deal with.

Yet, I always aspire to be more – be a better partner, work harder, design with more innovation, be a more thoughtful friend and push myself in everything that I do.

But, it’s not easy. It’s not easy to become the person I want to be without setting goals in life. Having goals and aiming for them has become central to my way of thinking. I’m a meticulous list writer. I’m always writing todo lists on a daily basis – it’s the only way I get things done. If I don’t have a list, I fall apart because my brain wanders on a daily basis, maybe that’s where my creative side comes from.

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