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7 Tips To Help Boost Creativity

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By: Mariah Rogers
Aug 3, 2020 • 10 min read

Let Your Creativity Flow

One of the most attractive attributes you can present to a potential employer is your creativity. This is because creativity is not necessarily something that can be taught, only self-learned. You might be able to complete basic tasks necessary to the company, but can you do them in a creative and unique way? Here is how to spark creativity in your own life and use it to aid you in your job search process.

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#1 Think Big

Many of us are trained to follow directions, rules, and guidelines to market ourselves to potential employers. Some might advertise themselves as “efficient” or a “fast learner.” While these are all essential attributes to possess, are you able to think big picture? Thinking big will help set you apart from other cookie-cutter applicants who simply try to wow the employer with their dedication to being disciplined. Allow yourself to think outside the box at your current job and in your personal life. See what happens when you dare to challenge yourself or make a new idea become a reality. Instead of setting small benchmark milestones, dare yourself to look at the big picture and what you hope to achieve long term.

#2 Define Creativity

Creativity can mean a variety of different things, depending on the person. Creativity is no longer mutually exclusive to the arts or naturally talented and gifted individuals. Instead, the definition of creativity can mold into a variety of different meanings in all areas of work. Before devoting time to practice creativity in your own life, take some time to decide what this word means to you individually.

For example, creativity can mean:

  • Challenging yourself to try new things
  • Branching away from your peers and trying an individual approach
  • Embarking in more collaboration
  • Taking time to find multiple solutions to a singular problem
  • Collaborating with people who have different backgrounds and mindsets than you
  • Finding time to focus on a hobby

#3 Use Different Forms Of Communication

Using a different form of communication in your work or personal life can add a new level of creativity to your lifestyle. For example, instead of sending out your weekly updates on a document to your team, try making a PowerPoint and delivering the updates verbally. Trade texting time and phone calls for real, in-person meetups. Instead of solely focusing on the words of another, pay attention to their body language, such as eye contact and gestures. You might also want to pick up on their vocalics, or how the tone of their voice changes and fluctuates when speaking. This is a way that many convey emotion not always communicated by words alone. Self-reflect and see how you communicate! Changing these ways of communication can help enhance your work and personal life to add a spark of creativity.

#4 Find a Hobby

Most of us probably focus on work and family, and that’s it. However, to spark more creativity in your life, it is crucial to take time for yourself and do some self-exploration. This can be trying out new activities and finding a hobby that feeds your creative side. Not only will this help you enhance your creativity, but it will act as a way to challenge yourself to jump outside your comfort zone and experience new activities. You might also be able to form new connections with people who share the same interests as you along the way by joining an online group or in-person club dedicated to your hobby of choice.

For example, some hobbies you can explore are:

  • Learning a new language
  • Finding new ways to move your body such as yoga, running, or dance
  • Write it out/start a journal
  • Visit new places and travel/explore
  • Try volunteering for an organization that is meaningful to you
  • Take a music lesson
  • Use your phone to take stunning images
  • Paint a canvas, paint your nails, paint your home!
  • Start a home improvement project such as redecorating or remodeling

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#5 Change Your Environment 

Sometimes, we can feel as though we are facing a creative road-block when our environment stays the same for an extended period of time. It can be hard to form new ideas, find new challenges, or be passionate about projects in a work or home environment that has become all too familiar. Life is too short, so be sure to switch it up! This can mean applying for a new job that will foster your creativity with a more laid-back environment, moving residential locations, or finding a new way to spend your free time. Challenge yourself and dare to be different!

#6 Listen To Yourself

Often times, the creativity we seek is already planted deep inside of us. Now, it is time to find out how to bring out our best, most authentic selves! Listening to yourself and fostering a life that makes you happy is key. Once you create a life that you love, this will allow you to let yourself be creative and explore new paths to foster your own happiness.

For example, ways to take time for yourself can include:

  • Practicing meditation
  • Reading your favorite book
  • Cooking yummy and nutritious foods
  • Visiting friends/family/loved ones
  • Exploring nature

#7 Accept the Possibility of Failure

When exploring creativity in your own life, it is vital to accept the possibility of failure. Being able to process the idea of achieving anything less than success can be a challenge for many individuals. However, to allow yourself to embrace creativity, you must be aware that sometimes, your most creative ideas won’t work out. The difficulty lies in forging ahead after hitting a bump in the road.

Ways to do this include:

  • Embracing the unknown
  • Trying again with a different perspective
  • Collaborating with others to find a new solution
  • Using this failure as motivation to keep going

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have” – Maya Angelou

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