Creativity is often seen as some magical, inherent talent that people are either born with or without. Either you are a “creative type” or you aren’t. The truth is that creativity is a skill that can be developed. If you don’t feel like you are particularly creative, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there; it’s just waiting to be encouraged. And while there’s no magical formula to make you creative, here a few easy tips to up your creativity quotient today:
Try Something New
It can be anything from learning a new language to reading a book about a topic foreign to you. When you expose yourself to new experiences outside of your comfort zone, it can help encourage your brain to think differently. That can help you with problem solving and the ability to produce new ideas.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Your brain is wired to work in patterns. That means if you always do the same things—sitting in the same meetings, working in the same office rooms, going back to the same boring cubicle—you’re most likely going to come up with the same old ideas. Practicing the art of breaking free of the “same old” mold can encourage your brain to think outside of the same old box. To do this, eschew your familiar routine for new ones. Even taking a different route to work in the morning can help set a different frame of mind for your day. Another sneaky trick is to use new music to break yourself out of your daily routine.
Give Your Hard-working Brain a Break
Creativity is hard work. If your brain is burned out from the day-to-day grind of work, you’re less likely to come up with that one, golden idea that’s going to prove your worth to your superiors. Feed your body (and your brain) by eating right, but if you’re looking for that one big breakthrough, often what you need is a change in environment. Stepping away from your desk and giving your brain a chance to recharge, even for 15 minutes, will often get you where you need to be.
Stop What You’re Doing and Get Moving
Physical activity is a proven idea-starter. Your increased blood flow will give your creativity a kickstart, and the change of scenery is likely to break you out of the same old rut of thinking. Even 20 minutes of activity can decrease stress, improve cognitive function and make you generally happier, not to mention more creative. A standing desk is a great way to increase your movement throughout the day.
Craft a Creativity-Inducing Environment
If you’re stuck in the same old boring cubicle, you’re most likely to come up with the same old boring ideas. Whether you’re a creative looking for new sources of inspiration or a manager looking for ways to spark ideas in your employees, changes in work environment can work wonders. We think you’ll find our stand up desks to be a tremendous addition to your creative work environment.
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