by Jessica Mitchell
1. Start a “good idea” file to save cool ideas and articles. I do this somewhat on Twitter: I’ll favorite a tweet and look at it when I have time.
2. Change your POV – literally – by rearranging your workspace for a fresh new perspective. I do this every school year: I rearrange my bedroom to refresh my mind so this definitely works!
3. take a different route home. Soak in the newness and new scenery. I don’t often do this (35 drains me!), but I was told to take a different way home for safety reasons (if someone if following you), but this would be cool to try on a good day.
4. Get outside. Do a walking meeting or host a meeting outside of a conference room. This seems interesting! At The Power Group we have “lunch and learns” where we may get some food and talk about new updates, or we have a meeting at a local restaurant.
5. Be a local tourist. Visit local landmarks, museums, or art for creative inspiration. I haven’t done this yet, but I love art and museums so this probably would work!
6. Read creativity Inc: overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration. Haven’t heard of this book, but I’ll have to check it out.
7. Host a ‘blue sky’ brainstorm. This could be good! I remember watching the clouds with my younger cousins a few years ago and I didn’t see anything they were seeing at first! After a while I started to see shapes in the clouds. This should work but it takes a while for the creativity of childhood to kick in.
8. Color your world. Grab markers, bright post-its, and folders to jazz up your desk. This sounds like it would work-bright colors can break up the lighting in the office, and the glare from your computer.
9. Eat somewhere new. This works for me because I like to people watch, and that makes me more creative than eating in the break room.
10. Get classy. Sign up for cooking, painting, or acting classes. This can get you out of your comfort zone and get those creative juices flowing.
How many of these will you try this week?