Innovation and entrepreneurship go hand in hand: we need innovative ideas to build companies and businesses in order to provide valuable services and products that solve problems, to satisfy the customers’ needs and improve their lifestyles. Most entrepreneurs are creative people who use their vision to create innovative products. But we have to remember that all business owners sometimes hit an “idea plateau” and then they need to do something differently in order to boost their creativity once again. Here you can find three useful tips on how to become more innovative and keep that creativity level high.
Ask (a lot of) questions
…mostly to yourself. Never settle for the obvious and always look for something extra when you solve problems or try to create something new. Don’t settle with what everyone else can see. Take the matter in a whole different level and ask (yourself and the others) questions that might seem out of topic, but that make sense to you. The right answers often can’t be discovered because we keep asking the wrong questions. Experiment and you will be surprised how your constant curiosity can lead you to innovative ideas.
By putting yourself in different situations and observing the world around you, you are more likely to discover many different ways of doing all things and seeing every situation from different angle. This is great way to discover your inner innovator, so seek diversity in everything you do: change small things in your daily routine, surround yourself with people who are different than you, even changing the road you take to work can help you observe the world better. Just look around you and step out of your comfort zone by eliminating your boundaries. Great innovators are open-minded people who learn from others and get inspired from the world around them.
Spare special time for creative thinking
Entrepreneurship requires a lot of attention and concentration on different things every single minute of the day, so often it seems impossible for entrepreneurs to spare some time to slow down and just… think. Make creative thinking part of your daily routine, you can even put it in your schedule. Spare some time to concentrate on the innovative aspect of your company and use this limited time wisely. Eliminate all distractions and let the ideas just flow.