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pexels-photo-29210If not careful, it is too easy to become stuck in a rut with our creativity and our businesses. You need to find ways to grow new ideas and look for ways to enhance current business practices. Sometimes it is easier said than done. Here are some ways to help you come up with some ideas to take your business to the next level.

Breakfast brainstorming

There is no better way to get the brain juices than to brainstorm. Order in the coffee and croissants and see what happens. Make it fun and spontaneous with no pressure. Mixing up routines can lead to great suggestions.

Take the brainstorming session outdoors

Sometimes a stale office environment fails to help creative suggestions. Take the team for a walk around the park or get them outdoors. Exercise can do wonders for our creativity and allows us to come up with ideas that we may not have thought of in a traditional setting.

Let the noise in

You might feel you want to shut your door to concentrate, but ambient noise and chatter can actually promote creativity. So open those windows and doors and let the outside activity come in.

Put a deadline on it

If you want the team to come up with some new ideas, then put a deadline on it. It is amazing what our brains can do when we know we are close to a meeting looming in the distance. We often come up with the best ideas at the last minute.

Minimise distractions

If you are consistently checking the emails or looking at your phone, then your creativity will be lost among the myriad of distractions presented to us in an office situation. If you want time to focus then switch them off and turn your attention to the task at hand.

Opt for regular breaks

If you are feeling overworked, then it might be time to take a break. Schedule a long lunch or go for a quick walk around the office to clear your head. Stretch, recharge and grab some water to ensure you are feeling hydrated. Short breaks during the day do our brain a lot of good.

Take time off

Often we need a change of environment to get our minds thinking outside of the box. An extended weekend or even a mini holiday to lift some weight off your shoulders and get back into creativity mode can do wonders. Overstressing and overworking are two major hindrances to our natural creative successes.

You never know when the creativity surges will come. Keep a notepad and pen in your bag and jot down any ideas that come your way whether you are exercising or relaxing by the beach. Allow those singular creative moments to grow and inspire many more to come.

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Are you struggling to find a solution to an old or difficult problem? Has your wellspring of creativity run dry? Do you feel worn down, tired, or stuck in a rut?

Regardless of the reason why you are stuck, the ability to be innovative, to do something differently, is often the key to becoming unstuck and moving forward. While it’s easier said than done, we must get outside of the square of our old habits and preconceived notions to start thinking differently.

The following are a few tips to help you mentally switch gears and see things in a new light, so that you can find your inspiration, unique ideas and resolutions.

Take a break. If you’ve been spending hours poring over the data and can’t see a way through, don’t be afraid to take a break and walk away from your work for a few minutes and do something unrelated to the task. Sometimes, beginning to think differently is as simple as standing up and walking away for a few minutes.

Challenge your beliefs. Sometimes a situation may seem insolvable because we really don’t understand the issues as well as we believe. Often, if we sit down and think about what we believe that we know about an issue and its key players, and then challenge those beliefs, we will see areas where we formed beliefs based on incorrect or incomplete information. Whether it’s a person, a product, or even your own cultural bias, challenge your beliefs and be open to new possibilities.

Give your left brain a break and reconnect with your right brain. Many difficulties require an analytical, step-by-step, left brain approach to find a solution. Sometimes, however, an inspired, random, emotional right brain approach is needed. To tap the creativeness of your right brain, try taking a break and writing a poem, or drawing a picture that relates to the issue. Even the simple act of listening to music while you work can help you to relax and access your right brain’s creativity.

Flip things upside down and shake things up. Sometimes finding a solution is as simple as looking at the issue from a different perspective or shaking up the status quo. When you have a difficult problem and need to achieve more than one goal, try thinking about how you would proceed if the least important goals were suddenly the most important.

Whether your issue involves your team at work, or your family at home, you can come up with new ideas and solutions by shaking things up a bit and reassigning various tasks and chores to different people. Let them surprise you and one another with their creative approaches and fresh energy.

Of course, there are many ways to think outside of the square to come up with new ideas and solutions. Feel free to let us know in the comments section if you’ve ever tried any of our suggestions or if you have a few of your own that you’d like to share.

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Feeling a bit flat and stuck in a routine?  Everything is probably going along without any issues but you may just be feeling slightly deflated.  It might be time to make a few changes and consider ways to come up with some new ideas.  These ideas don’t have to be dramatic and impact on everything you do because often just some fine-tuning and a new perspective can make your world a whole lot better.

Now, coming up with new ideas is not always easy, especially when you are part of a group.  Everyone tends to sit around with glazed eyes waiting for someone else to have a brainwave.

Generating new ideas can be fun and it can put the energy back into the workplace (and into you) so why not have a play with a few different techniques to see which works best for you.

A website that is worth checking out which has a ton of resources and creativity tools is Mind Tools.  In addition to covering brainstorming methods, they have other techniques that are worth looking at.

For example, Starbursting is a great method to raise questions that relate to an idea.  Whereas brainstorming helps you to identify a range of possible solutions and answers, Starbursting has a focus on raising questions.  As you address each question it helps you to problem solve and provide a greater level of understanding of all options in more detail.

Other methods that are described on their website include Brainwriting, Reverse Brainstorming and Rolestorming just to name a few.  What is interesting with these techniques is that they are methods that you may not have used in the past.  They are definitely worth looking at as they can provide a different way to come up with new ideas.

New ideas can be great ideas so why not give it a go?

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