If you value creativity, you have to make time for it. And like any skill, you have to practice it.
That’s some of what Mona Patel, design thinker and innovator, shared in a recent conversation, and what she writes about in her book, Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think. Below are some of the exercises she includes to help us build our own and others’ creative capacities:
- Go three minutes without using a letter of the alphabet (say a t or an s or a p) in any of your words. Pick vowels to make it challenging.
- Plan blocks of time in your calendar to explore, observe, innovate, or design.
- Sign up for a class to keep learning (say improve, painting, mixology, or jewelry design).
- Use a vacation to start a business or creative project, visit or intern with a startup, or commit to solving a problem.
- Ask team members or employees to come back to work with one great idea after a vacation.
- Institute a 30-day idea challenge and give away an amazing grand prize.
- Rework bonuses and raises so that they’re based on contribution and creativity, along with performance.
- Like fire alarms, install creativity alarms and conduct a planned activity afterward.