How To Think More Creatively

Published: August 2, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

Do you need to think a little more creatively to impress your boss or build a better business?  Are you sick of doing things the same way but don’t have any ideas on how to do them differently?  If you want to escape a thinking-rut it’s time to start programming interruptions into your day…

Mind Makeover

It can be really tricky to get excited and think differently about things that you do everyday because the more used to something you are the more likely it is that you’ll find it boring, or at least less stimulating.

When it comes to trying to inject some creative thinking into everyday scenarios it’s generally not enough to rely on the same thought patterns that you use ordinarily as they’re hardwired to give you the same, bog-standard results.

So what can you do when you need to think outside the box, show your boss you can be innovative, or showcase your business as hip, clever and cool?

The good news is that interruptions just got given a big ‘O.K.’!  From a time management perspective they’re the devil, but when you need to reboot your mind programming interruptions into your day works well.

By disrupting your usual thought patterns you force your mind to make new connections in order to deal with the situation, and as a result provide greater stimulation to the brain.  Edward De Bono called this ‘Provocative Operation’ which is a fancy phrase for something that is very simple to put into practice whenever you need a boost in creative thinking.

Some examples of interruptions that work well are:-

  • Adjusting your working hours … start at 8am instead of 9am and see what happens (you might also get more done!)
  • Listen to music whilst you’re working
  • Read a new book or a different magazine or newspaper that you wouldn’t normally read
  • Change your office or desk around
  • Go to work a different way
  • Change your stationary – start using coloured pens or bright paper
  • Watch a TV program that you wouldn’t normally watch

The stimulation that these interruptions provide can help generate stepping stones that will get you thinking differently, acting differently, and ultimately getting different results.

What interruptions are you going to program into your day today? Post a comment and let me know how you got on!

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career and time management skills click here.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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