Kick-start your creative thinking this week with these three quick and easy tips…
1. Don’t open that inbox
What’s the first thing you do once you get to work on a Monday morning? You open your email and immediately start typing out responses no doubt. While this might seem like the most productive thing to do, this kind of reactive thinking has a negative impact on your creativity and your productivity.
Reacting to your emails like a robot answering commands means that you’re not giving yourself time to think things through, to gather information or think innovatively. Instead, you are allowing outside influences to govern your focus. So, before you open your inbox, map out what you want to achieve this week and plan your time around it, not around your emails.
2.Take time to daydream
Yes you heard that right. Unfortunately, daydreaming is commonly perceived as an unproductive activity, which just isn’t true. It’s actually a great way of tapping into your creativity to produce original ideas and solutions.
Schedule time in your day to daydream, whether it be at your desk or walking outside. It’s important that you identify the problem you want to work on and review the relevant information surrounding it before you totally zone out. Then it’s just a case of letting your mind wander. You’ll be amazed at what your brain comes up with when you aren’t trying to force ideas.
3.Harness individual creativity
You gather your team into the meeting room for a brainstorming session, expecting inspiration to strike and the ideas to flow. So why doesn’t this happen? The problem with group brainstorming is, once one person offers an idea, the whole group immediately reacts to it and starts analysing it. Instead of creating, you are judging, leaving generative thinking without a chance of success.
This week, get your team to brainstorm individually before coming together. This way, everyone will have a chance to jot down their own ideas without being influenced by the opinions of others. You’ll see just how many more ideas you can generate when you aren’t criticising or being criticised.
These are just a few ways you can infuse some creativity into your work this week. Do you have any tips for boosting creativity and shaking up the work week? Share them with us in the comments below, we would love to hear them.← The debate on daydreaming Effective Innovation in Business →