Though notoriously uncomfortable bedfellows, work relies on creativity. To hone your strategic mind, we’ve compiled a list of six essential tips for developing your creativity at work:
- One-size Does Not Fit All:
While a quick Google search can point you to a list of articles flaunting 100 tips to improve your creativity, it’s important you remember, what works for them may not work for you. For instance, while music may enhance your friend’s creativity, for you it may serve as more of a distraction. Instead, map out a creative process fitting to your job, abilities, and goals.
- Think Visual:
Regardless of your role or responsibilities, visualizing data and ideas is an incredibly effective way to see out your vision. So, stop looking at the screen, get off your chair, and make your way to the whiteboard. Even consider bringing your team along with you—we think better together than we do apart.
- Get Physical:
Engaging in physical activity can unlock your mind. Consider going for a jog, or maybe make a trip of it—hiking is no easy task, but it sure clears the mind. When you return Monday morning, think freely.
- Take a Break:
Mental blocks and burning out: two things to avoid. It’s essentially impossible to nurture creativity when you’re suffering from one, or both. Sometimes, we all need to take a step back and allow our tired brains the ability to reboot. Once the mental break has served its purpose, let the creative juices return to normal schedule.
- Treat Yourself:
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Reward your successes, no matter how small. Without them, the long-term goals will never be met.
- The Rule Book Isn’t Always Right:
The foundation of creativity is learning. As you hone your strategic mind, you’ll go on to invent new processes and produce innovative ideas. In essence, you’ll flourish. Remember, nothing is off the table or too outlandish. Buts and ifs have no place in the realm of creativity.
While creativity isn’t a one-size-fits-all ability, it is the root of individual success. Though some industries permit a more evident stance than others, it is undeniably the essence of any efficient company.
What you learn in the process, take with you, and what you do in your position, share with others. Your creativity is what sets you apart from the rest.
Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, President and Master Trainer, who was an administrative professional herself, and her teaching style is grounded in authentic office experience. AdminUniverse™ can help you improve yourself, widen your skill set, and advance your career. Connect: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://adminuniverse.com