If you are an entrepreneur or business executive that keeps working more and more hours, it’s time to realize that creativity equals productivity! Being playful, creative, and fun is what keeps us motivated, happy, and relishing life. Look at happiness statistics. Earning more money will increase your day-to-day emotional well-being, but only up to a point. Having time to appreciate what you have in life is important. Does your career or business consume you? Are you unable to spend time having fun or being creative? Do you wonder what you are working so hard for in life?
The Power of Being Creative
When it comes to creativity, people fail to realize the bottom line. Spending time being creative in business as well as at home is important. Using creative time at work or developing an idea on a napkin while out with friends is where the next big concept or innovation is born. Worldwide company successes such as Google actually encourage their employees to spend a percentage of their time developing their own concepts to maximize employee creativity, increase overall satisfaction, minimize expenses due to turnover, and ensure their organization is constantly staying one step ahead of the competition. Utilizing time to put great minds together and brainstorm is the way great leaders and companies develop products and services that the public never realized they needed. Consider the Smartphone or the iPad for Mac lovers.
Being creative or having fun in your personal life is the way to re-energize. It is important to make time to simply be creative or have fun. Whether it is painting, woodworking, rebuilding an old car, landscaping your yard, or playing a sport it is a time where limitations, status quo boxes, and walls of protection fall by the wayside and your imagination is your only restriction. It allows the mind to expand. For people who feel being creative is a waste of time, they miss opportunities to complete goals they thought were impossible.
Tap into Your Creativity
Everyone has an unlimited tap of creativity. What you see on the outside is not always what is going on the inside, so never attempt to judge another’s creativity. People are only creative about the things they care about—more specifically the things they enjoy. Depending on how much joy you get from earning money, engaging in hobbies, or just socializing with others, you’ll notice you have different levels of creativity in everything you do. Because there is a strong link to things you enjoy and your creative spark, it makes sense that if you want to be unique or out of the box, you have to turn your task into something you enjoy.
UnLock Your Creativity
The next step toward unlocking your creativity is learning to dismiss the stereotypes around creative people. You do not have to be an artist, musician, writer, or designer to be creative. You do not have to be left handed either.
Everyone can be creative for the things they truly love. This also means if you work in an office, make a living crunching numbers, or do any other “standard” job, that you have the potential to be just as insanely illogical as those in less common fields. Why is it important to be creative or make time for fun activities? Your enjoyment will carry over into all aspects of your life, and improve productivity.
Years, even decades, pass before you realize your current lives could use some improvement. You get complacent and miss countless opportunities. As long as your mind stays flexible, you can do anything!
Author, Trainer, Life Organizer®
Melinda Smith, CPO® organizes and executes action plans, training, and consulting. Great referrals are business owners, executives, and companies looking for sustainable change. Above all, she can help create a more productive work, a happy home, and a prosperous you.
Especially relevant is the fact that Melinda has worked with companies and individuals for over 20 years. Conducting workshops across the East Coast, they include over 60 cities in 19 states. Equally important focus topics include Strategic Thinking, Teambuilding, and Organization. As well as Balance Strategies, Stress Management, and Embracing Change.
After all, Melinda was one of the first 200 in the nation to achieve a Certified Professional Organizer status. In addition, she is also a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui (pronounced feng shway).
Melinda has owned Balance & Harmony 360², Inc., since 2003. She is also the author of The Complete Guide for Balance & Harmony OWL Kit. In addition, this kit consists of a book, workbook, and F.O.C.U.S. Journal as well as five products to help organize Work, Home, and You.
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