Take a quick look around the office and identify a super random, out of place object. Now, imagine the boss said it had to go. Today’s top priority is to think of ALL the ways to relocate this trinket. Any ideas?
We do similar things everyday using simple and straightforward approaches (like pick it up, move it, back to work). What if the boss incentivized creative and numerous options instead of just getting ‘er done? Thinking past the easy, works-every-time methods requires fresh inspiration. But, when everyone is busy and distracted, it’s hard to be creative.
When we reach the outer limits of our creativity, collaborating with others can help push our boundaries, especially if the team heads for a distraction free environment. Taking a walk, meeting outside or going on a retreat are all proven ways to enhance collaborative thought and truly move the needle.
Managing energy instead of time also boosts creative output. Whether early birds or night owls, we all have times when we’re at our most visionary and need to schedule distraction free blocks during these periods. This includes days of the week. For instance, how much brain power is left on Friday afternoon compared to Monday morning? Figure out the best time to do creative tasks and put it on the schedule.
Going outside is another proven way to find creative inspiration. A favorite of people like Einstein, Jobs and Ford, daily walks can be just the thing to access hard to reach thought patterns. Green spaces and natural environments quiet the mind and give creative ideas mental bandwidth to express themselves. Even a simple desk plant provides bursts of micro restoration that lead to creative thought.
Yes, there are many ways to skin a cat, but knowing what those other ways are, especially when we’re distracted and constantly connected, is challenging. For those who prefer new, innovative ways to work, it’s time to try something different. We know creativity is a valuable trait, the thing to believe is that we all have access to creative thought, then take steps to get inspired.