Creativity: It’s Something You Work On…
Article revised on 13 June 2017
You don’t need to have Picasso as your last name to be creative. People often mistakenly believe that creativity is reserved for artists. Yet, we all have inventive and imaginative powers that enable us to go beyond conventional and routine activities.
Demonstrating creativity can prove to be a great asset, even in everyday life. Coming up with a creative solution to a problem at work or sharing a brain wave can set you apart from the others in your employer’s eyes.
If you don’t feel as creative as you would like, it’s important to know that creativity is something you can develop.
Here are a few tips on how to stimulate your creativity alone or in a group.
• Start from the beginning
o Forget about the rules, deadlines, preconceived ideas or the way things have always been done. Take a step back and always look at a situation as though it is something new.
o Jot down all the ideas that come to your mind, anything from the ridiculous to the sublime! A stroke of genius may be just waiting to be released.
• Work in a small group
o Large structures limit people in a specific role. Opt instead to work in a small group, where all participants can easily take their place and share their ideas.
• Ban negativity
o Be open to new ideas. Negative comments and recurring criticism fosters censure rather than sharing.
• Enjoy yourself!
o Having a laugh alone or in a group is a way of being creative that makes us feel special. Use humour to boost your creativity.
o Work with people whose skills complement yours. Break down hierarchies, and make sure everyone has the right to share their opinions.
• Trust your gut
o Sometimes, the best decisions are ones you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about. Follow your instincts.
• Let yourself make a mistake
o It’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake. Actually, it’s an opportunity to learn and improve by finding a better solution.
A little exercise with a big payoff…
Boost your creativity in your daily life by trying to make a little change to your routine every day. Change the way you plate your evening meal, take a different route in to work, talk to a stranger, try something new…
The goal here is not necessarily to find a better way of doing things. It is simply to introduce a change.
Bringing new things into your daily life can really stimulate creativity!
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