Here at Workshop Digital, we’ve gotten pretty serious about table tennis. Our friends at Genuine Timbercraft recently built us a beautiful walnut table and we haven’t stopped playing since. You can hear the sound of plastic on wood every day during lunch. We play ping pong as a way to take a break from stressful tasks and get our blood flowing. But it’s not all fun and games, ping pong has helped me learn a lot about my own work habits and how I strive to be more efficient at my job. That’s right, ping pong taught me something. So, here are 3 things ping pong taught me about work.
1. Always Warm Up
When starting a new match, we always give each other a few minutes to warm up. Some casual hits back and forth allow you to get used to the table and your opponent without the pressure of losing points. At the beginning of the day, or when starting on a new project, I always give myself a few minutes to warm up, too. For me, that means reading articles on design blogs for inspiration, sketching out new ideas in my notebook, or just making something for the sake of making something. Whatever it is, find your “warm up routine” to help you get started.
2. Everyone’s Serve is Different
Whether it has a crazy spin or is just really aggressive, everyone serves differently. The same applies to your clients. In order to be the best you can be for your clients, you need to understand their work styles, pain points, and communication methods and work with them accordingly.
3. Try New Things
Finally, just try new things. If the way you normally return a serve doesn’t work on Brian’s weird, upside down backhanded serve, try a new technique. If you’re stumped on a project and don’t know where to turn, try something you wouldn’t normally think to do. Get an outside opinion. Look online for inspiration. Or, just step away from the computer and play a game of ping pong.
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