There’s a common misconception about creative people, I’ve found. The misconception is that the people who are bursting with brilliant ideas tend to be highly spontaneous, a little chaotic, not necessarily organized… people who simply allow their ideas to flow freely, without being impeded by too much structure.
The truth, though, is that many of the most creative people I’ve come across are highly organized, and in fact they say that the secret to their success is their routine, which helps them keep their mind focused on devising creative solutions.
But what if that’s just not you? What if you long to be creative, but you also don’t do as well with routine? What if you’re truly worried that greater structure in your life will send you straight into a rut?
Well, I’ve got some suggestions for you.
Creativity Without Routine?
Go for a long walk—or even a hike. If you find that you’re just not coming up with the bright ideas you need, I really recommend going for a hike—not just a great way to get the blood pumping, but an excellent way to restore cognitive functioning, improving your attention span and your ability to tackle complex problems. Don’t be afraid of getting out of the office to get the creative juices flowing!
Start writing. Another strategy is to get a legal pad, a journal, or even a blank Microsoft Word document and just start writing—about whatever you want. Express yourself. Chronicle the events of your week. Get stuff off your chest, or just let your imagination run wild. This is a fantastic way to jumpstart your creative thinking.
Embrace the mess. Generally, I’m a big believer in tidiness and office organization—but if you find that the uncluttered nature of your workspace feels stifling, don’t be afraid to mess things up a little bit. For some, a little chaos is where creativity is bred!
Procrastinate. Up to a point, it may be okay to put stuff off—or at least, switch from one project to another. Are you the kind of person who works best under pressure? If so, then you may actually benefit from pushing those deadlines.
You can be a free spirit and still be a productive leader—and in some cases, that may be the best way forward. These tips may help!
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a thought leader in the world of leadership and one of the most sought after conference keynote speakers on leadership, engagement, and business growth in the United States and internationally.
He is the author of the books Living A Championship Life “A Game Plan for Success” and My Team Sucked “10 Rules That Turned Them Into Rock Stars.” He is also the co-author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad, written with his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems, strategies, and solutions that encourage engagement, resulting in increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Franklin Templeton Investments.
You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.