6 Steps to Jump-Start Your Creativity!
This is a unique industry in which creativity is a valued part of our everyday existence. Yet all of us, myself included, sometimes experience those mental blocks where no matter how hard we try, we can't generate a new or creative solution.
Whether you're working on new ideas for a current client, looking for innovative ways to generate business or facing a challenging workplace problem, fresh creative thinking can help you achieve your objectives more quickly. Studies have shown that all of us have the ability to be creative thinkers. Given the proper stimulation those ideas will flow!
Do you need a creative breakthrough? Here are six smart ways to get your creative juices flowing:
1. Take a Break
This may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes the most productive thing to do is step away from the problem in order to move closer to a solution. Go for a long walk, read a book, work out at the gym, take a shower; do something that takes you away from the challenging task. Try anything that will clear your head and give you a fresh perspective.
2. Keep an Idea Journal
I like to carry a notepad with me at all times. Some of my most creative ideas come when I'm miles from the office, both literally and figuratively. I may be sitting in the dentist's office waiting room or stuck in traffic, but when inspiration hits I have my notepad and pen with me to record my thoughts. I also keep a notepad on my night table for middle of the night inspirations.
3. Ask for Help
On most mornings I start my day by going to my local fitness club for exercise. If I'm stuck for a creative solution, I share my challenge with a workout buddy. I'm sure you've heard the old adage "two heads are better than one". Some of my most creative ideas and solutions to my challenges were the result of my morning conversations.