One of the things I love about my job is the creativity it allows me, I can express my ideas and challenge myself. I know some of my friends feel frustrated that they don’t get the same opportunity.
The truth is, you can introduce creativity into your job in many different ways. Here are our top 5 tips.
- Make a list of what you want to achieve.
- Whether you carry a notebook around with you, or make notes on your phone, have something with you at all times that you can jot down any ideas you have, whenever inspiration strikes.
- It might be that have a project you’d like to work on, or you can see a way of improving a process at your business. If this is the case, don’t just start to make changes, instead put together a plan and make time to sit down with your boss to discuss.
- Collaborate with colleagues.
- Whatever you think, you don’t know it all and there’s always stuff that can be learnt. Your colleagues can be great people to learn from, they’ll have experience and knowledge of things you won’t have and equally they can learn from your experiences.
- Collaborating with them on different projects and ideas, will help things even more successful, it’s also a great way of getting everyone involved with something new.
- Get feedback.
- If you are working on a project and you’re starting to feel bogged down with everything, then ask someone for feedback.
- It might be your boss, a colleague or a family member or friend. Get them to have a look at what you’re doing. Do they understand what you’re trying to achieve? Is it on track?
- Don’t be scared to ask for help or advice if you need it.
- Practise makes perfect! So, if you’re taking on a new skill, practise it! It might be that you’re putting together a presentation to do, if you are, then rehearse it, in front of people you trust to give you feedback.
- Don’t give yourself a hard time.
- Not everything works first time and there will be knockbacks. So, if you go to your boss with an idea and they say no, don’t be too disheartened. Keep trying.
- If your idea doesn’t work as you hoped, don’t give yourself a hard time, creativity is a working process.
Learning from those around you, reading books and going on training courses will help inspire your creativity, so take advantage of everything around you.