Brainstorming sessions happen in almost every office conference meeting. For some of us, these sessions are something we dread because we think we just aren’t that creative of a person. It turns out that being creative isn’t something only a privileged few can do, it’s a skill we can all acquire and utilize in the workplace.
Increasingly, companies are looking to boost creativity amongst workers in order to have them participate in conceptualizing the company brand and stand out against the competition. If you’re ready to get creative in the workplace, here are some good places to start.
Ever had an idea pop into your mind and you say to yourself, “I should write this down?” Many times we often fail to write down the ideas we have because we’re not at our office and don’t have a pen handy. Next time you come up with an idea, take the time to write it down before you forget it. Keep a small notebook with you to jot down your ideas.
When it comes to thinking creatively, it’s important to recognize that no idea can be too farfetched. Don’t restrict your way of thinking. When planning out where you want your service or product to go, don’t consider the obstacles because you can always work your way around them. Your silly idea may generate a discussion in your department and lead to other ideas and concepts.
Eliminate the concept of hierarchy in your workplace when it comes to creating ideas. Don’t be afraid of presenting your ideas because you’re just a low-level employee; your superiors want everyone’s ideas to be heard. Think like you’re the boss and you’ll free up your mind and hesitate less in your presentation of new ideas.
If you’re really stuck, turn to the most creative person in your workplace for help. Observe them and get inside their way of thinking by talking to them. They’ll be flattered by your interest and will give you insight into how they use their creative thinking skills.
Change the way you approach your work by branching out and dabbling into artistic hobbies. Take a painting class or learn to play an instrument. The more you open yourself up to new experiences and different ways of thinking, the more you can expand your outlook.
Finally, thinking creatively in a conference room with only a white board to look at isn’t all that inspiring. Step out of the office and get immersed in the product or service you’re working on. Also, get into the mindset of the consumer you are targeting. Both suggestions will get the creative juices flowing.
How do you get your creative juices flowing at work? Start the discussion in the comments below!
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