We looked last week at how you can boost your creativity by making a few changes to your working routine. But there are also some things that may actually hinder your creativity - here are a few things that you may want to consider avoiding in your pursuit of creative nirvana.
Working alone to come up with new ideas can be a useful creative process - particularly if you’re using a
mind-mapping technique to explore new solutions to problems. In fact, once you start brainstorming in a group, you may see your creativity take a downward turn. This
New Yorker article explains how groups that brainstorm can actually end up having fewer ideas than individuals working alone. Some researchers go even further - arguing that
brainstorming is actually counterintuitive to the way the brain works.
You may think that having a positive mindset helps foster your imagination, but you may be able to take advantage of any bad days to get some creative work done. Studies show that
negative emotion helps you to focus on specific problems and improves your motivation, which allows innovation to flourish as you become more absorbed in the task and your mood subsides. The next time you’re feeling grumpy, try
doing some creative work and see what results you come up with.
What do you steer clear of when you’re trying to be creative at work? Leave a comment or hit us up on Twitter and let us know.