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Creativity At Work

Contrary to popular belief that creativity can only be found in the performing arts, literary arts or creative arts industry, it is possible for creativity to transcend every facet of life and work.
This includes work planning, juggling work-life balance, administrative and management duties and so on.
Creation means creating something out of nothing, or
the “action or process of bringing something into existence” (dictionary.com).
Innately, it’s in each of us to create.


Where do we start? What are the baby steps to take? Hope these suggestions help!    


1. Solitude Time

In a fast-paced society, it would be a challenge to set aside quiet time for yourself.
If there is a will, there is a way.
I would go as far to say that solitude time is a necessity if life is fast-paced.
It acts as a ‘pause’ button to take a breath.
The silent time would help our minds rest from the hustle and bustle, and the rushing from one activity to the next.
When our minds are well-rested, we have more mind-space to create, and think with more clarity in solving tomorrow’s work problem, or sealing the next deal. 


2. Make Time for Others 

Ideas usually bloom through conversations with colleagues or friends in informal settings.
Invite them into your brainstorming plans and ideas, and you will be amazed at how ideas can be built upon each other, just by talking to others.
You may like to be selective of the people whom you speak with, based on the type of project you are working on.
For example, it would be sensible to speak with experts on the subject, or people with related experiences or people with the gift of ideation.  


3. Enjoy Your Hobbies or Pursue Your Inspiration 

Life is not all about work and family commitments.
Make time to enjoy your hobbies or pursue an inspirational idea.
It might be ideal if you could transform your hobbies into your career, such as in the case of entrepreneurship.
However, most of us would likely be working for an organisation, and the company might have its first beginnings from someone’s hobby or an inspiration.
For instance, ‘Harley-Davidson’ began as a hobby for two friends to revolutionalise the bicycle, and the ‘Wild Rocket Group’ was the realisation of Chef Willin Low’s dream to create new fusion dishes.
If entrepreneurship is not a viable option, in whatever corporation you are in, perhaps, the first step would be to look at the strengths or skills you have and use them to spice things up in the marketplace.   


4. Do Something Different      

Sometimes, life gets more exciting when you live on the edge, and try out something that is not within your comfort zone or normal routine.
Do something which excites your senses and gives you a refreshing life experience.
It may inspire you to have new ideas and crank up your creative engines.
This may balance out the mundaneness you might be feeling from work or the daily grind of family commitments.
As the saying goes “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Thus, making a small change in your routine may actually surprise you.

Be courageous!


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