How to Improve your Creative Thinking Potential
For some individuals, creative thinking comes easy. For others, it may be more challenging to tap into their creative thinking abilities, particularly when it comes to using that particular skill set in the work environment. Whichever category you fall into, or even if you are partway between the two, creative thinking is a necessary skill to possess if you want to forge ahead from your competitors and stay up to date with what is happening around you.
Get into the habit of being creative
As with anything, practice makes perfect. Therefore, it goes without saying that the more you get into the habit of being creative, the better your creativity will flow and the more confidence you will have in listening to your own ideas. Find something which you can incorporate into your daily or weekly routine that will inspire creativity. Draw, write, jot down mind maps, whatever it will take to get you thinking outside of the box and come up with new ideas.
Take regular breaks
If you are trying to tap into your creative stream and are getting nowhere, then take a break. The best ideas come to you when you are not trying to overthink the process. The best ideas are more likely to happen when you are enjoying a coffee or taking a walk. Forcing creativity when it is just not there, can be counterproductive and is only worth contemplating unless you have particular deadlines you have to meet.
Keep at it
While this tip may seem at odds with the previous one, if you give in too soon, then you won’t get into the habit of overcoming your creative hurdles. Just try to find the balance between hard work and overdoing it to the point of exhaustion. If you do need to take a break, ensure you get right back on the horse and try again at the very next opportunity. Developing a creative culture in your organisation can be difficult, but it is certainly one persevering with. It can reward you with many benefits in the long-term.
Talk things over with others
Two, three or four brains are definitely better than one. If you want to get creative, then tap into the creative potential of others. It may only take one or two ideas from someone else to inspire your next great idea. Feeding off others can be incredibly motivating and help you see things from another perspective. Get together with those who will help you get into creative thinking mode and watch the ideas flow.
Keep a notepad by your bed
The best ideas often come at random times throughout the night or early morning hours. Keep a notebook by your bed to immediately jot them down. Otherwise, chances are, you might not be able to remember them when the alarm clock goes off. Write them down while they are fresh in your mind to capture all the details.
Challenge yourself with questions
Don’t be afraid to act as devil’s advocate and change the way you question your motivations. By asking the right questions, you can get to the heart of the matter and begin to reassess your creative thinking methods. Challenge yourself and try to uncover the right questions that will shed some light on the subject. Asking the right questions will only lead to more questions, and that is a good thing.
Often we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to blocking our own creativity. Our fear of failure or criticism can kick in, and our rational mind can take over. Let your thoughts and creative thinking come without judgement. Then, you can assess and execute as necessary. It doesn’t matter whether or not every creative idea you have is a winner. All that matters is that the ideas are there and you are respecting yourself enough to listen to the ones which may lead your business or organisation in a profitable or worthwhile direction.