Creativity is More Than Arts and Crafts

Creativity is more than the ability to paint or draw. Creativity is the process of generating something new; something original that has value to an individual, group, organization, industry or society. Even if you do not believe you are creative, every time you have a new idea about how to solve a problem – you are being creative.

Do not confuse creativity with being artistic. Everyone is creative. Creativity, or inventiveness in the workplace, can be as simple as changing the way a task is done to developing a full scale marketing program with visual aids and handouts. By believing in your creativeness, you will build confidence and poise, and possibly get that promotion you deserve.

Ways to Promote Imagination
There are several ways to add creativity to your life, both at home and at work. It is all a matter of view point and accepting change. Creativity and ingenuity go together. Creativity at work is much more than developing a great presentation or flashy sales literature. It can be the way you organize your workspace, your staff and what processes you use to get the job done. Think of creativity as a form of process improvement or a new way to do old things. There are several things you can do to demonstrate your resourcefulness and creativity while impressing your boss at work.

Break old Habits

Breaking old habits is the first step to finding your creative self. They say a change of scenery is good for the soul; it is also good for the brain. Try the steps below to get those creative thoughts flowing.

• Drive a different route to work
• Ride in a carpool; exchange ideas along the way
• Change your work hours or lunch schedule
• Change old routines
• Listen to a different radio station
• Read a different newspaper or magazine
• Take a break in a different part of the building
• Join new employees at break time

Catch Your Dreams

When you are searching for a creative solution to an old problem, try using your dreams as your inspiration. In this busy world of work, it can be impossible to leave work problems at work, so why not use that to your advantage? Instead of stressing that you’re bringing your work home with you, use that energy to solve the problem. Take some time and just before going to bed and as you drift off to sleep, purposely think about the work related challenge, allowing your subconscious to give you an unexpected creative solution to your problem. Try the steps below to use your unconscious thoughts to solve your most perplexing problems.

Record your ideas in a journal. If you wake up during the night with a solution or idea flowing in your mind, write it down on note cards or in a notebook you have at your bedside.

Keep an audio recorder by your bedside that you can grab without turning on the light. I tend to be more creative in the dark; that is when poems come to me or the endings to a story I am working on or a personnel issue I am having at work comes to the front of my mind. If you don’t awake with any ideas in the middle of the night, when you wake in the morning, talk into the recorder about your thoughts and dreams and see if they suggest solutions.

Use your voice mail as a sounding board. If you can’t afford an audio recorder, call your voice mail at work and leave a message for yourself. Some people call their cells phone and leave reminder messages daily. This is a great way to recall that fleeting thought that you had last night too. Leaving an audio recording for yourself is a great way to keep your ideas handy but private.

Creativity is resourcefulness. It is inventiveness, it is originality. All employers look toward their employees to move the company ahead of the competition. Showing your boss how creative, innovative and groundbreaking your ideas are will let them see you as a positive, career oriented individual. Helping your boss succeed will help you succeed as well. Instead of simply going with the flow, bring a paddle along and create a new path to greater success in the process.

SourcesManaging the Generation Mix: From Urgency to Opportunity by Carolyn A. Marin and Bruce Tulgan
Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, xers and Nexters in Your Workplace by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines and Bob Filipczak

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