HOW TO GET INNOVATIVE.
- Going outside
- Stop Filling “Dead Time” with Pointless Telephone Use
- Starting Your Day with Creativity.
- Surround Yourself with Inspiration
- Pair Up
- Have a Diverse Team
If you are suffering from a creative block, one of the simplest and most powerful ways to remedy it is to leave the office and go for a walk. If your brain becomes stuck in a rut of routine and repetition, just seeing some unfamiliar sights can help you break free of your self-imposed mental prison.
Don’t Fill “Dead Time” with Pointless Telephone Use
“Dead time” is moments like when you are on a train or having lunch alone. Your mind is inactive, and you are just waiting for the time to pass. Nowadays, many people have developed a reflex during moments like this to reach for their smartphone.
Some people mechanically check emails or messages, some open Twitter or Facebook, and others have a mindless game or two to occupy the time.
However, if you spend every spare minute of the day feeding information into your brain – often useless information – you are crowding out moments when your brain can be rearranging thoughts and brewing up new ideas.
Start Your Day with Creativity
Another bad habit so many of us now have that kills creativity is to fall into the rut of routine from the moment we open our eyes.
When the alarm sounds in the morning, before we even crawl out of bed, we reach for our telephone. For most of us, our telephone probably is our alarm. Before we know it, we’re checking our notifications and our mind is already fixed into the worn groove of our hyper-connected life.
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Even if you can’t go for a walk, spend reflective time in a coffee shop or rearrange your office furniture, you can still surround yourself with inspirational material that will help keep your mind on its toes.
Always be on the lookout for new and stimulating material and adorn your workspace with whatever you find. It could be newspaper headlines, rousing quotations, objects, photos or anything else – it’s up to you.
Creativity and innovation will be stunted if you work alone, so have someone to bounce ideas off of.
Depending on your work situation, this could take different forms. One idea might be to organize dedicated brainstorming sessions with your business partner or another collaborator.
Another more original idea might be to pair people in the office for a certain amount of time as “creativity buddies”. For a set period, perhaps one month, you can set aside a time each week for the two to share ideas, brainstorm, chat, discuss and generally come up with new ideas.
Have a Diverse Team
If creativity is all about having different perspectives and viewpoints, then it must make sense to hire people from different backgrounds and with different experiences.
If you’re the boss, don’t simply hire people in your own image. If you populate your office with your clones and your company with like-minded people, creativity will suffer.
A much better hiring policy is to try to create a team as diverse as possible. When it comes to discussions and coming up with new ideas, you will reap the rewards.