Creativity is Key – How to Spark It for Yourself and Your Team

When you think of creativity, you might think “artists, singers, dancers!” But as an entrepreneur, your creativity is off the charts.

The ability to start a business and keep it running requires more than moxie – a small business owner is filled with originality and imagination.

Products, services and systems can all be improved with a dose of creativity. However, as you perform the day-to-day tasks required to run a successful small business, creativity may take a back seat. Here are some ways to light that spark and get the creative juices flowing for yourself and your staff.

Write it Down

You never know when creative inspiration will hit. Keep a small journal or index cards with you to jot down dreams, ideas and ambitions – no matter how far out they might seem. The quote below is from William Self, a prolific English novelist and it holds true for any professional striving to reach goals.

“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.”

Get Some Fresh Air  

It’s easy to spend hours inside working in front of the computer. Simply leaving the office and taking a walk can clear your mind, increase your heart rate and get your brain working. Walking meetings are another great way to spark new ideas and increased energy. Many great thinkers used walking as a unique way to connect and increase creative thinking. Check out this story on the TED Talks blog Walking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by them Famous walkers profiled include Steve Jobs, Charles Dickens and Aristotle. BONUS: Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day improves your heart health.

Reward Workplace Creativity 

Hold employee-brainstorming sessions periodically to foster new ideas and creative solutions. Employees who feel respected and recognized contribute more. Brainstorming can create a team attitude within your organization and increase productivity.   Your team will go the extra mile when they feel respected and recognized.

Clean Your Office 

It may sound trite, but a clean space can give you a creative edge. Clutter can be draining on your mind and creativity. Aside from just organizing, give your office a fresh coat of paint, buy some plants and open the curtains to let in natural light.

Explore Other Creative Outlets 

Even if you’re fostering creativity during working hours, pursue creativity outside of the office. Are you interested in photography, dance or music? Try to carve out time to pursue a non-work related creative passion to stimulate your mind and give you a new perspective away from work.

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