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When we're busy and stressed, doing creative things can seem like a waste of time or a luxury. However, if you don't make time to step out of your routine and expose yourself to new experiences, you'll always stay focused on familiar routines and solutions.

Need help getting those creative juices flowing? Here are our 5 tips on boosting your creativity…

Give yourself time and space to be creative.

Set aside time to let yourself daydream. This doesn't need to take up precious work time. You can let your mind wander on your daily commute, whilst out running or during a long bath. Choose whatever time and place works best for you.

Expose yourself to new experiences.

Do new things you wouldn't usually do. In the workplace, that could mean sitting in on another team's meetings or spending time shadowing your clients. Outside work, try travelling home via an unusual route, going to new restaurants or watching or reading media you wouldn't normally choose to consume.

Spend time with people who have different perspectives.

Participate in networking events to meet new people in your sector or attend conferences in external sectors to discover alternative professional approaches. Think about ways you might be able to gain a better understanding of your clients or customers, and make time to chat to people at all levels of your organisation.

Capture your ideas.

Carry a notebook or use a note-taking app to collect all the ideas that float into your head. Even if they don't make much sense at the time, they may prove useful in the future.

Talk about your ideas.

Share your ideas with other people to help you make sense of them yourself. Talking about your ideas can also help you gain some useful feedback. Choose the people you consult well – they should be open to new ideas and give you honest feedback.

Whatever steps you take to become more creative, make sure you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Sticking with familiar things won't open your mind to new ways of thinking. Setting yourself creative goals can be a practical way to make sure creativity doesn't get lost amongst everything else you need to do.

What helps you feel more creative? Share your own tips in the comments below.

  1. Raheel H
    Posted 08-Oct-2021 at
    Interest article. Getting out of comfort zone may feel intimidating for starters but does give a real boast to confidence!
  2. Corinne B
    Posted 12-Feb-2020 at
    I find spending time with other teams useful
  3. Onameditse N
    Posted 24-Dec-2019 at
    Journaling has helped a lot.
  4. John christopher H
    Posted 11-Dec-2019 at
    I have business interests outside work which help stimulate my imagination
  5. Ghee kang L
    Posted 14-Sep-2019 at
    Reading relevant topics- it gives me fresh perspectives and ideas to try new approach instead of focus on familiar routines and solutions.
  6. Clara C
    Posted 21-Dec-2018 at
    I boost my creativiy by playing board games with my family and friends, or writing poetry and learning a new language.
  7. Gillian M
    Posted 18-Dec-2018 at
    Definitely need to push myself outside my comfort zone.
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    1. accountingcpd
      Posted 18-Dec-2018 at
      Hi Gillian, it can be scary to step out of the comfort zone but more often than not very rewarding!
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