But there has to be more to our day than just keeping our noses to the grindstone…or mouse.
There are ways to make small changes at work that can pay off big in inspiration and energy.
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. offers some ideas to increase your creativity in the work place:
* Be Proactive:
In order to counteract areas where you lack autonomy, try to figure out what areas you do have control over, and start there.
People do not perform well when they are micromanaged. If this continues to be a problem, you may need to have a frank talk with the people involved. Fortunately, this is something you can generally control.
* Create Pockets of Uninterrupted Time:
Since interruptions can hamper creativity, do what you can to create uninterrupted time—especially when working on something that requires creative thought.
This may mean coming in early, staying late, working from home, or putting a “do not disturb” sign on your door. I’ve been known to take writing holidays when I really need to get something done.
If you can swing it, a couple of days on your own can really help. But even as little as an afternoon alone and away from your normal routine may be just what you need to get things moving for you.
* Avoid Time Pressure:
As you become more organized, you’ll be less susceptible to deadline pressure.
Realize that constantly working under deadline pressure is not in the best interest of your creative work.
On the other hand, deadlines can at least get you moving. From there, you can do things to help you be more creative.
* Learn to Collaborate with Others:
Try to establish a team approach. One plus one really does equal three when it comes to creative solutions.
If you haven’t done so already, learn to cultivate relationships with others who share your passion. Even if they just share the occasional encouraging word, it may be all you need to get your creative juices flowing again.
Nurturing your creative self can make your work more enjoyable, increase your abilities, and make you the writer you’ve always wanted to be.
It is well worth your efforts to make your work as good as it can be. And that means enlisting your innate creative abilities.
From article: Maximizing Your Creativity, by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, author of How to Write for a General Audience: A Guide for Academics Who Want to Share Their Knowledge With the World and Have Fun Doing It.