The Creative Workspace
Career Path : Career
Creative talent is priceless in many industries, including advertising copywriting and art design, public relations, marketing, and even journalism. It is priceless because, unlike some other professional qualifications, it is difficult to properly quantify and assess the level of creativity in an employee. Creativity is also something that can’t be taught by conventional means, though it can be cultivated. It is often up to the individual to maintain a high level of work creativity which will translate to efficient and effective professional output. Perusing school news resources is a good way to find advice for improving your creativity. Below are some tips to help get you started.
This is a common practice for creative people, but is equally as effective for anyone needing to keep a clear and focused head while working. Clutter is the enemy of focus, it distracts you from the task at hand and confuses your work priorities. Spend a few minutes at the beginning of every work session neatly arranging and organizing everything around you to get a good idea of what requires the most attention.
More practical than a chalkboard and more environmentally friendly than a bulletin board, the white board is a great reservoir for ideas and brainstorming. Using visual aides to map out your thought process is a great habit for organizing your ideas on something tangible. It also helps plan the tasks of your day, thereby uncluttering your headspace.
Listening to music while working may not be for everyone. But if you give it a try, perhaps stay away from your favorite songs, as the lyrics might be distracting. Nonetheless, many people listen to unobtrusive music to get their creative juices flowing. Classical music and light jazz is very popular for this, and subtle electronic music is increasingly popular in the work space.
Art can challenge the mind and soothe the soul. It certainly stimulates the brain far more than staring at the bare walls of your office or the back of your co-worker’s head. Placing posters strategically around your workplace can give the senses temporary breaks from the more mundane day-to-day tasks, as well as giving the eyes a break from the strain of staring at the computer monitor.
Taking breaks is important, but some breaks will help you return to work better than others. Keep some books and magazines on hand near your workspace. Whether it’s literature unrelated to your job, or magazines and trade papers that do relate to your work, spending some free time reading will keep your mind sharp while not making it too difficult to return to your tasks. Having access to education articles is a great balance between interesting reading and relevant literature that will help you stay creative and focused.
If you find your education fortified you creatively before sending you off into the work world, continue the practices you developed while studying. Take the time to list your school and point out to others the importance of being creative which you acquired while studying.