Most researchers in the world agree:
Creativity is a muscle that can be developed and is a critical and necessary condition in the new world.
You can improve your creativity, no matter how creative you think you are.
All of us can be creative, if you have the right environment and an open mind, because creativity is an attitude and approach to the world.
Creativity doesn’t just mean creating something from nothing; it means recombining what’s already there in a unique way. Being original, meaningful, and surprising are important aspects of creativity and it applies to designers, UX specialists, writers and just about everyone.
Out of hundreds of ways to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, I want to share with you five simple ways:
1. Start small
Problem-solving is the essence of creativity. When you’re trying to do too many things at once, your brain can feel like it’s holding a small storm. Without clear thinking, you can’t even connect ideas in an unexpected way.
Try to solve one small problem at a time when you are struggling. It is almost impossible to write an entire tale in one sitting. Write one page at a time. After that, another. Step away from it and let the ideas fly. Not only do small, consistent steps add up, but they allow you to brainstorm and go deep into that piece of the puzzle.
2. Embrace constraints
Much like narrowing your focus, constraints fuel creativity. They force you to think broader, wider, and make quirky associations that often lead to innovative solutions.
So if you’re frustrated by constraints, try to embrace them instead. Use them to your advantage. And if you’re floundering in a sea of possibilities, try to impose constraints on your work.
3. Feel free to wander
Most people have had an a-ha moment while showering, washing dishes, walking the dog, or potting a plant. It’s so relatable, it’s almost becoming a cliché — but the effect is real, and it’s backed up by science.
The brain needs time to process and explore. Try to schedule breaks, walks, or anything that gives your grey matter some breathing room. Expose yourself to new sights and sounds.
Changing your thought patterns can often turn on the creative lightbulbs.
4. Find metaphors
When ideas or concepts are compared, understanding is heightened.
They can also spark real creativity.
You may find it helpful to find a parallel whenever you encounter a problem on a certain feature. Comparing conditional logic to programming might be useful. How does programming work? Well, programs come in versions. Perhaps we should apply versions to our conditional logic features. Then again…
Metaphors help you to break through creative blocks and loosen up your thinking.
5. Foster trust
We’ve all heard about artists who sacrificed everything for their art. Despite their romantic appeal, these stories are also dangerous because they separate us from them. We often doubt our creativity when we think it’s fueled by destructive habits. If, however, you think meditation, macrobiotics, and monk-like discipline will elevate your brain into a state of creative nirvana, you may be disappointed. The most important factor that expands creativity is trust. You have to feel comfortable with where you are and what you are doing.
You have to trust in your own abilities. It is vital for you to trust that you will come up with the solutions you need. Take the time to trust your thinking and your purpose and see just how much you are capable of; you might surprise yourself.
Today more than ever, organizations are required to respond and act quickly in response to the many changes taking place in the market.
Organizations whose cultural core is creative are more likely to succeed in a changing world and they are the ones who will survive the constant competition we face every day.
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” —Edward de Bono