Regardless of what path you’re on, creativity will likely play a role in some sense throughout your career journey. Not every day will be a challenge, but sometimes, you can feel like there’s not a creative bone in your body. Embrace this advice, and see if it helps you welcome more creative energy into your work life.
So we all had those nearly traumatizing group projects in college, but in the real world, collaborating with your teammates can have the opposite effect. This is where asking for help from your colleagues can help to increase your own productivity and imagination on a project. Sometimes all it takes is putting two (or more) brains together to gain new perspective and take a task to the next level.
Maybe you need a more flexible deadline. Maybe you don’t have enough direction for what it is you were tasked with. Maybe you simply need to swallow your pride and ask more questions. Whatever it is, identify the problem so you can alleviate any stress you’re experiencing, allowing for more room to be creative.
Leaders everywhere start their mornings by meditating, and if you haven’t integrated this wellness practice into your life, maybe you should (in the name of creativity). It can help clear your head of distracting thoughts, leaving room for more imaginative ideas to break through.
Take a break
I know people who seriously never take a lunch break, and I mean never. While a part of me understands—there are always things to be done—I have also learned the value in taking a midday break. Even if I’m just running errands or grabbing coffee (or buying shoes I 100% don’t need), an hour away from my work can provide me with that much-needed energy when I get back.
Create your own creative space
If your desk is void of any personality, consider adding things that inspire you—for me this includes a picture of Harry Styles and a motivational quote in French, but hey, it helps. If your desk decor isn’t cutting it, it doesn’t hurt to ask your manager for more flexibility when it comes to working in different areas that are more conducive to being creative.
Being creative means different things for different jobs, and what works for someone may not work for someone else. Try out these tips if you’re falling short in the creative department, and see if they help!