Finding the Creative Side of Work

May 11, 2017 ·

As a society, we put a lot of time and effort into our jobs and careers. The term “workaholic” may have been coined in jest, but more and more of us find that we spend more time working than in the rest of our lives. Susan Jeffers wrote: “Some of us believe that workaholism is conducive to good business practices. Yet, studies show that compulsive, narrowly- focused, competitive, tense individuals can't see the forest from the trees. Hence, creativity and productivity are hindered, not helped.”

Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas. It can also be described as using your mind to find new routes, ways, and alternatives. We bet you can think of all sorts of ways that you are creative in your work, even if you don’t think of it as creating. Whether or not our jobs are in creative industries, all employment calls for some sort of creativity.

Yet in our rush to get things done, we don’t take the time to acknowledge that creativity that allows us to do our jobs so well and wonderfully. We need to take a step back, slow down a bit, to appreciate what we bring to the table, our gifts that are rooted in our own unique minds.

When we talk about creativity here, we’re not just referring to get the job done or finding ways to do work more efficiently. When we are being creative, we can be so much more than our imagination or ideas. When we are in touch with our creative selves we are getting in touch with the best part of ourselves, reaching past fear, and touching the whole world. When we don’t stop to appreciate it, we lose out on the feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction. So take a minute, take a deep breath, and be grateful for your creativity. 

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