You might not think of yourself as amazingly creative. And maybe you aren’t as for now. Creativity is like a muscle, similar to any other muscle of the human body. Like other muscles, creativity at workplace must be stretched and challenged. If occasionally put past its comfort zone, it will help to perform better in your daily tasks.
Science-based research proposes that anybody has the ability to become a lot more creative than they already are. That too in the most simplest of ways.
Here’s the simplest of a 5-minute creativity routine you can follow regularly to boost creativity at your workplace.
So how to boost creativity at workplace?
“Success is not a destination, but the road that you're on. Being successful means that you're working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That's living your dream,” Marlon Wayans.
The next time you’re running through creative block, give up that sitting chair and take a brisk 5 minute walk. When you are stuck in a creative rut and want to take a break, take a short walk around your work premises while your brain is subconsciously at work, since that may lead up to your “Aha!” moment.
Taking advantage of the positive effect of exercise on the creative brain doesn’t always involve sweaty workout sessions. Various researchers have time and again looked for ways on how to boost creativity. A short walk of only 5 to 10 minutes is enough to improve creativity. This is proven by the American Psychological Association.
An average person sits between 7 to 15 hours everyday. That’s harmful enough not just for your health and mood, but also for your creativity. Stanford research suggests walk meetings are more creative and engaging. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked vs. while they sat ultimately enhancing work productivity by 60% and all this at the cost of a brief walking session. The research also highlights that Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple Inc. and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had been seen holding walk meeting.
Factfully enough a 5 minute walk wouldn’t turn you into a Michelangelo, but will definitely elevate you to better stages of creative thinking. According to a study co-authorized by Marily Oppezzo, a Stanford PhD, creativity boosted after a short walk session and it remained when participants were seated after their walk was over. Oppezzo’s final verdict contributed that tasks that would require new ideas, better perspectives or analytical thinking, walking while brainstorming would be a great prescription.
Research also suggests that walking can boost creative thinking at workplace due to its capability to get the heart pumping. This will ultimately enhance a positive mood. It’s parallel to how other research shows it’s not always the act; it’s the change in mood. While walking during work won’t solve our national sitting crunch, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Sometimes while working out a task with focused attention, it’s easy to lose creativity and break the loop of a good output. In contrast following a brief 5-minute walk, picking up where you left off forces you to take a few seconds to think universally about what ultimately you were trying to achieve. It’s a practice that encourages us to stay creatively involved in our objectives.
For the next week, put this new habit to test by scheduling two 5-minute creativity routine mid-morning and mid-afternoon walks each day. Challenge yourself to this scientifically proven creativity enhancing routine at your workplace. Simultaneously observe your productivity and creativity at workplace increased significantly.