Recently I have been presenting a few seminars on Creative Thinking. It really got me thinking and subsequently researched on something that I am perhaps not overly conscious about. What I found is that being creative means different things for different people. What I know for sure is that everyone can be creative and it is something we can grow into and develop further. It is often about our mindset and habit. If you are open and interested to be a little bit more creative with your daily life, whether it is about how to make your morning cuppa or attempt some creative writing, you can find insights about yourself or joy that you didn’t expect you can gain from. It may potentially open you up to a transformative experience, by discovering what drives your creativity and how good it feels when you are able to express your creativity. Einstein said “Creativity is intelligence having fun”, so why not?
On a more serious note, many thought leaders in education and influencers in businesses have also been talking about the importance of being creative. I followed the works of Sir Ken Robinson and I really like his books such as Out of Our Minds and Finding Your Element. I find them insightful and inspiring. In his TED Talk, he spoke about how we grow out of creativity as our education systems see mistakes as the worst things one can make and companies also stigmatize mistakes. At the same time, we know most companies need to innovate and be creative if they want to sustain and grow their businesses. Creativity is also one of the highest ranked skills for 2020 according to the 2016 Future of Jobs Report published by the World Economic Forum.
As we understand that creativity is both important and fun, but the burning question is, how can we stay being creative or becoming more creative?
So here are some activities that can help to develop creative thinking skills.
– Ideas Mapping
– Divergent Thinking – try the Six Thinking Hat game to get you to think with another perspective in mind instead of your natural tendency.
– Morning Pages / Creative Writing
Try some creative games for your next team bonding event or social gatherings, there are plenty online!
In addition, you can simply start by doing simple things in your daily life more creatively, such as the way how you plan your meals, organize clutter in your home or break up some routines.
Some of you may have a creative project such as writing your novel or non-fiction brewing for ages. That was my story last year. Although publishing a book is not an easy or sometimes comfortable journey, I enjoyed every single part of it. It was my big creative project last year. You can hear about my personal experience about writing and publishing my first book in the following video: