With the year starting to wind down, we automatically start looking forward to next year. Whether you are a resolutions person or not, it’s difficult NOT to think about the upcoming year, what you want to accomplish and any changes you want to make to any aspect of your life.
As always around here, I try to look at everything through the lens of creativity. In lieu of reflecting back on the year or even making your typical resolutions, I challenge you to try something different this year. Try something out of your creative norm.
As a way to kick off the new year, I challenge you to to practice an aspect of your creativity that you can exercise at work.
Why? Chances are you have spent time and energy practicing your creativity. You probably even have a pretty good handle on what makes YOU creative. However, many of us then go to our jobs, and then practice no aspect of our creativity ALL DAY LONG. It can be defeating and draining. Instead of complaining about it and thinking you want to quit, try this one exercise to change your perspective: practice an aspect of your creativity that you can exercise at work.
I most often practice my creativity by sewing, knitting or some other craft.
To challenge myself creatively, I am going to focus on writing. I’m not making some big resolution and declaring that I am going to do this for the entire year, or that I am going to write my first book, or anything like that. Instead, I am going focus my creativity on writing from now and probably through the end of January. I am going to start by learning, then practicing, and finally exercising that creativity in my work.
I write a lot. Between writing posts and course content for Greens & Blues Co., and the writing I do throughout my day as a teacher – there is no shortage of it. Practicing it isn’t my problem (to be fair, I’m not sure I have an actual problem, I just think I could be better). This is a matter of quality vs. quantity. There is enough quantity to go around. And sometimes I do think it is good quality. But, it isn’t always. And it’s been a long long time since I have done anything about it.
I have not spent time learning anything new about the practice of writing since maybe high school or my freshman year of college (I’m thinking back to specific writing classes).
So I got a book that looks interesting. Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Non-fiction by Jack Hart – thrilling stuff!
While I write a lot, I do not, nor have I ever, considered myself a “writer.” I have always been good at writing academically, but not necessarily the most captivating storyteller ever. So despite the fact that I practice it a lot, writing is outside my creative wheelhouse.
Use the following 3 steps to challenge yourself to practice an aspect of your creativity in order to exercise it at work.
I will be practicing my writing by first reading Storycraft by Jack Hart. While I am reading, I will be keeping up with a daily writing practiced based on what I learn in the book. The most important step is then to figure out how to take this aspect of my creativity (writing) and exercise it at work.
As I said, I write a lot, so here is how I can use increased writing skills at work:
- Greens & Blues Co.
- Successfully submitting work to other websites, organizations, etc.
- Increase my audience reach as a result of captivating storytelling
- Middle School Teacher
- Better model for my students the styles of writing I wish for them to work on
- Submit articles for professional publications
To be fair, writing is a fairly easy example of how I can exercise my creativity at work. It’s straightforward. Let’s say that you practice your creativity by making beautiful dining room tables. It might be more difficult to figure out how to bring some aspect of that creativity to your job as an accountant. It might be more difficult, but not impossible. So you can’t use that as an excuse!
It’s your turn. Get to work choosing an aspect of your creativity you are going to try exercising at work.
Then, leave me a comment and tell me all about it.