Benefits from Enhancing Your Creativity

Increasing your creativity at work can:

  • Help you make the best use of your talents, aptitudes and abilities
  • Enhance the enjoyment of your job
  • Cause you to have more self-confidence
  • Ultimately increase your income
  • Cause you to become more self-motivated
  • Give you a greater sense of control and mastery over your job


15 Ways to Become More Creative:

  • Ask “what if” questions–the crazier the better
  • Make up metaphors and analogies.  My job is like_______
  • Pay attention to small ideas.  That’s where many big ones get their start.
  • Daydream.  Let your mind wander
  • Play, “Just Suppose.”
  • Try different ways of expressing your creativity.  Cooking, painting, photography, writing, etc.
  • Notice when you do do something creative and keep a Creativity success file
  • Learn and play strategy games like chess, checkers, and backgammon.
  • Learn a foreign language and force your brain to think in new patterns
  • If you’re right handed, try using your left hand to do things, and vice versa
  • Guess at measurements rather than using a yard stick, tape measure or a cup.  Then measure to see how close you were
  • Balance your checkbook without using a calculator
  • Read three-quarters of a novel, then stop and write your own ending
  • Do jigsaw and crossword puzzles


Years ago in the newspaper column of Ripley’s “Believer It or Not,” the following item appeared:  A plain iron bar is worth $5.00.  If you take that iron bar and forge horseshoes from it, the value increases to $10.50.  If it is made into needles, the price rises to $3,285.00.  And if you make watch springs from it, it then is worth $250,000.00.  Ergo, the difference between $5.00 and $250,000 is creativity.  All of us can enhance the creativity we possess.  What are you doing to enhance yours?