MN Business Tip Of The Day: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

March 21, 2014  |  

When working the same job day in and day out for several years it’s only natural to fall into a pattern of doing things they way you’ve always done them. In almost every job however, there are opportunities for creativity and innovation. Whether big changes or small tweaks to an old standby there are plenty of things you can do to get your imagination jumping and put your creativity to work.

1- Become an expert. A great way to develop creativity is to become an expert in a particular area at work. Having a rich understanding of a topic will make it easier to think of novel and innovative solutions to a problem.

2- Be willing to take risks. To build creative skills, you’ll need to be willing to take risks to advance your abilities. Your efforts may not always lead to success, but they will still boost your creative talents and help build skills that could well serve you in the future.

3- Make time for creativity. You won’t develop your creative talents if you don’t make time for them. Be consistent about scheduling time each week to concentrate on a creative project, whether associated with work or not.

4- Restrict yourself. Dr, Seuss wrote Green Eggs & Ham after betting that he couldn’t produce a story using less than 50 words. People naturally take the path of “least resistance.” Instead put your brain in overdrive by preventing yourself from falling back on past concepts and old building blocks. Try problem solving by restricting your ability to use the solutions or pathways you always have and watch your creativity soar.

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