Tuesday Tips: How to Become More Innovative and Creative

Posted: February 22, 2012 in Tuesday Tips for Writers

Innovation and creativity are not just for artists and inventors. All of us need a little of this to get out of dillemas, puzzles and problems that come at us everyday in school, at work, in church or at home. So here are some tips on how you can develop your being innovative.

READ

Are you even surprised that this is first on our list? Reading brings your to worlds you normally would not reach just by sitting in a room. There are so many ideas that you can get from reading about other people’s ideas, experiences and suggestions. Just make sure you give credit where credit is due. In other words, don’t pass off something as your original idea when you got it elsewhere.

FIND YOUR CREATIVE HANDLE

Inspiration and creativity can be found everywhere especially in the digital information age. It’s a matter of filtering what you watch/read/listen to and actually using what you learn from them. So choose what inspires you: whether it be art, music, nature, computers, games or even other people.

THE PHILIPPINES AND THE US ARENT THE ONLY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

In other words, learn more about other countries and other cultures. You’ll discover that creativity and innovation flows even more freely in other places. A lot of the most innovative ideas have come from places or things that people are not familiar with.

WRITE IT DOWN

A lot of the famous inventors have journals and notebooks where they wrote down their ideas and thoughts and later on used these to create their now famous inventions. Sketch books, scrap books, post it notes, tissue paper, bus tickets. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is written down for posterity’s sake.

NEVER STOP BEING CURIOUS

We love hearing kids who always ask “why, how, when, where, what”.  Adults should never lose this child-like trait. It’s okay to always be curious and inquisitive rather than be quiet in your own little space and lose that sense of wonder.

FIND YOUR CREATIVE PLACE

When trying to solve a problem that you’re frustrated with, step outside the problem first, look for a place where you can  think , and just spend a few minutes thinking of “outside the box” solutions, then trim them down until you come up with an exciting but practical idea. Whether it is a coffee shop, a bookshop (you’re welcome to hang out at our bookshops by the way), a park, the MRT, the bathroom, as long as you can think and relax and step away from school/work/church/home.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS AND MAKE MISTAKES

More often than not, you will probably fail the first or even 2nd time around. The important thing is you learn from what went wrong and just keep trying until you get it the 4th, 5th, 6th time.

BE INSPIRED BY THE MASTER INNOVATOR

There are countless ways that God has shown how creative He can  be. Think: enormous boat, Joseph’s dreams, burning bush, writing on the wall, talking donkey, God becoming man. We can go on and on, but just remember, God can never be put in a box, and as His children, He has given us wisdom and creativity and the Holy Spirit, so we have no excuse!

 

What are the other things you do to become more innovative? Share in the comments section below!

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Comments
  1. ged carpizo says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Here are a few of my tips I written long ago:
    ♦ “Ways to Get Those Creative Juices Flowing”
    http://www.gedcarpizo.com/2009/01/ways-to-get-those-creative-juices.html

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