You might not think you have a job that calls for creativity but if you want to do your work better, solve a problem, stand out so you get a promotion or just enjoy your job more, getting creative can achieve that. But creativity isn’t a switch you can just turn on. You can’t make yourself creative just because you want to be. There are, however, things you can do that boost your creativity and get those brain juices flowing to help you reach that light bulb moment.
1. Get outside
Think about it: is the inside of your home or office space really the most effective environment for burgeoning creativity? Make the most of the world around you and get outside as much as possible. There is endless potential for inspiration in nature as well as in more urban, built up areas. Wherever you go, it will surely be more engaging than your office or living room wall.
2. Be Open to Suggestion
If you are used to being creative on your own, then it may be difficult to truly accept the input of others. However, if you are experiencing something of a mental block in relation to your creative output, then there is nothing better than being able to cooperate with peers and bounce ideas off of each other. You may not agree with everything that is said, but the discussion may spark something in retaliation.
3. Put the Work in
The common misconception with creativity is that it comes to people in short bursts, almost out of the blue. Though this can sometimes happen, creative greatness is more likely to come to you if you put the hard work in and really concentrate on the matter in hand. The more well versed you are in a certain subject, the easier different ideas will begin to come to you. You can’t expect to have a brilliant idea when you have absolutely no previous knowledge of the subject!
4. Have More Self Confidence
We all go through periods when we feel like none of our ideas are any good, but there is no such thing as a bad idea; just some are more appropriate to a situation than others. Try to keep your confidence up and never let yourself go back into your shell. Everybody’s ideas are valuable and don’t let somebody tell you otherwise.
5. Don’t Be Too Hard with Deadlines
Nothing stifles creativity more than the looming threat of a deadline. Be kind to yourself and allow your thoughts to come freely without the pressure of time running out. Ideas come when they want to, and they do not necessarily play by the rules when it comes to deadlines!
6. Stand during Meetings
One of the simplest ways to boost creativity is to make the conscious effort to stand during meetings. Research has shown to suggest that sitting at a cramped office table in uncomfortable chairs can actually stunt your creative juices. The easiest way to solve this problem is by having a meeting where everybody has the freedom to roam around and feel much less constrained than if you were all bunched around a table.
7. Lay off the Caffeine
Yes, caffeine is a stimulant but does that necessarily lead to creativity? Does caffeine generate creative, unique ideas and solutions? The short answer is no! There’s a difference between fueling up on caffeine to stay awake and using it to boost creativity. You quite simply aren’t your best if you are artificially trying to break into your creative process. Put the coffee down.
You can’t force creativity, but you can give it a helping hand. What do you do when you’re in a creative rut?