4 Ways to Boost Your Creativity at Work

4 Ways to Boost Your Creativity at WorkIt seems like the entrepreneur and small business owner survive on creative problem-solving alone. When something goes wrong, you have to fix it, under deadline and on a budget. There’s a stigma suggesting that “creative types” have a special endowment, something handed down to them from on high that allows them to have those a-ha moments that lead to a brilliant solution.

The truth is, these same creative types have a lot of bad ideas that never come to fruition.

If you’re in a creative slump or are looking for that surprise out-of-the-box solution, here are some ways to spur your creativity into action.

1. Don’t think about the solution

Too often, people look at the solution and fixate. They think the only way to solve the problem is to power through the actual problem itself. That’s not always the case. Take some time to examine the problem itself. If you can look at it from different angles, there may be different, easier solutions already almost self-apparent. Refuse to fixate.

2. Get out of the office

When you only think about the problem and its solution, you miss things. Get out of the office and clear your head. Let your subconscious mind do some of the work. The human mind is always taking data and connecting it together to understand what the greater pattern is. This will still happen when you’re doing something completely different. Take advantage of your ceaseless mind.

3. Cultivate your creative side

Start a dream journal. Write down ideas. Highlight books. Start a blog. Keep a notebook in your pocket. Record voice memos. You never know when a creative moment will strike, so get into a new habit. When a creative thought strikes, don’t ignore it. Give it some time to shine and percolate, then move on to the next thing. You’ll start to recognize when the creative spirit is about to attack. Also, you’ll start to better be able to discern bad ideas from good and good ideas from great.

4. Stop worrying about it

Are you worried that you aren’t as creative as the next guy? Well, you aren’t. Not everyone can be George RR Martin or Dr. Seuss. You don’t need to be. The only thing you need to do is make sure it works. If it works, don’t try to fix it.

What are your top tips for boosting creativity? Do your employees or coworkers have their own style? Share in the comments!


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Posted on November 6, 2013, in Biz Tips, Entrepreneur, Small Business and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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