With many companies asking people to do more with less it can feel like the work faucet is dominating any other thought that dares enter our brains. The faucet only seems to gush work-related thoughts aimed at completing this task or that task with barely a trickle of concept allowed for one’s own inspiration and creativity. It’s time to turn down that work faucet a bit to allow the other faucets to gush creativity and inspiration instead.
Here are a few ideas on how to do that without sacrificing work productivity:
- Look for ways to integrate ideas and creativity into the daily work routine and “sell” the idea to co-workers. If ideas and creative recommendations can help the company save money or work more effectively and efficiently, chances are it will be adopted.
- Creativity spawns when we brainstorm or share our thoughts. Start a blog or a diary to get the creative juices flowing! It’s also a great place to store ideas and thoughts on ideas that can be tackled when things at work slow down.
- If ideas can’t or won’t be used at work, look for outside outlets to share the ideas with. This could include volunteering and working with a charity, being part of the school PTA, serving on another organization’s board, or starting a business.
Don’t let the work environment take over personal creativity. Turn down work, turn on innovation and be surprised at the ideas that will flow when the visionary faucets are allowed to pour.