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August 31, 2012

Step Out of Your Routine

If you want to increase your creativity, shake things up.

Most of us do routine things automatically, like what route we take to and from work, when we do the filing, where we usually sit in a movie theater. Creative people, on the other hand, look for ways to introduce variety into their lives and work. They like change and are willing to take calculated risks to make things happen, increase their knowledge and stretch their skill sets.

Step out of the routine and open up to new ideas and horizons. You might make discoveries that enrich your life. Take a new route to work. Ride your bike instead of driving your car. Walk around a block you haven’t explored in a while. Try a cuisine that is unfamiliar.

Shake up your work routines, too. Question processes and procedures, especially those you do without thinking about it. Just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean you should continue to do so. Ask if it can be done faster, easier, more efficiently.  When you have the answer, just do it!

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