This next video is about brainstorming and problem solving using the scenario of setting up for Zoom calls and video production.
I talked about my regular chair with the decorative shelf above it. Remember that only those bottom brackets show on the screen if I sit there. Not a big deal for Zoom calls with people I know, but it didn't seem right for making videos or doing Zoom calls with others.
And this is me in an actual screenshot from a Zoom call with a bunch of people. See what I mean?
I mentioned the UBeesize Phone Tripod which you can see on my writing table in the photo. It cost me $21.99 on Amazon and can also be used for cameras. This is not an affiliate link, just a courtesy to y'all if you are interested!
After I made the video, I realized I could not only trim the length of the video, but I could also resize it right on my phone! I hadn't known that before. I had shot the video in horizontal mode, but made it more narrow before uploading it to YouTube. When I embedded it here on the blog, I also changed the width in the HTML code.
While the video covered how I worked through the aggravations of setting up my physical space and phone for Zoom calls and making videos, the general concept is brainstorming and problem solving. I didn't go into too many details on this process, but the main gist is to:
- stop and think of what is bothering you (what problem you need to solve)
- brainstorm for possible solutions (even if they seem silly)
- consult with others (those who know you and/or those who know the topic)
- check websites or other sources for information
- assess the alternatives and choose the option or combination of options which looks best
- try it, reassess, and shift to something else if that doesn't work
You might also find these links helpful.
- The Goals Gatherings (more extensive section on Brainstorming near the bottom)
- Pull It Together and Push It Through: How to Get It Done When You Think You Can’t
- Time--and Time Again! (a look at chronos and kairos time)
- Talking About Time! (a simple framework for time management)