If you’re an entrepreneur, creativity is one of your most valuable assets. You always have to be ahead of the curve and ready to profit from the latest trends. Here are five ways to enhance your creativity and make it easier to come up with ideas that will build your business.
Be Open to Diverse Points of View
Even the most intelligent people tend to insulate themselves from unfamiliar perspectives. If you really want to think outside the box, you have to identify your own particular “box” and consider other points of view. Read books and magazines that you would normally avoid. Talk to people with opinions that differ from yours. Study new disciplines. As you open yourself to more perspectives, you’ll acquire tools and knowledge that help you in your journey as an entrepreneur.
Express Problems Visually
Some people are naturally visual thinkers. If you fall into this category, it’s probably natural for you to create drawings, diagrams or other visual representations of any projects you’re working on. However, even if you’re not particularly visual or think you have no artistic talent, it’s beneficial to pick up a pencil, pen or marker and start drawing. This is a good way to use a different part of your brain. Even a simple flow chart can provide you with a new perspective on a problem.
Take a Trip
Traveling is one of the best ways to stimulate creative thinking. Whether you take a drive to a new neighborhood or city or fly to another continent, you’ll be experiencing new scenery and meeting new people. When you do travel, make it a point to learn as much as you can about the places you visit. Find out about history, try new foods and explore. If you’re traveling to a country where they speak another language, take the time to learn at least a few words in the new language.
Walk More, Sit Less
If you work in an office or even at home, it’s easy to get into a rut. Staying in one place all day is not conducive to creative thinking. Walking around, either indoors or outdoors, provides you with stimulation. Try walking in different neighborhoods and, when possible, in nature. Even if you can only manage a short walk at lunch around the company parking lot, that’s still better than sitting behind your desk all day. There’s also research that indicates that sitting is not good for your health. Walking is a great antidote to sitting all day. It’s an activity that’s good for your health as it stimulates your mind.
Unplug From Your Devices
Many people nowadays, especially entrepreneurs, are tethered to their devices from the moment they wake up until the time they fall asleep. Perhaps the alarm on your phone even wakes you up. All of this dependence on electronic devices can be physically, emotionally and even intellectually draining. There’s even evidence that constant exposure to phones and other devices contributes to fatigue. Make an effort to unplug for at least a couple of hours every day. Keep your devices off while you sleep. If you need an alarm, use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake up.
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