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10 Ways You Can Innovate at Work Every Single Day-No Matter How "Boring" Your Job Title

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10 Ways You Can Innovate at Work Every Single Day-No Matter How "Boring" Your Job Title
Quick: What sounds more fun? Filling in spreadsheets with data for eight hours or coming up with new and exciting ideas? I'll go ahead and assume you went with option two. The opportunity to innovate is something most of us want more of in our daily work lives.

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Keep your innovation muscles strong

Keep your innovation muscles strong
  • Start Conducting Stand-Up Meetings. Convert one of your meetings to a standing one and watch the momentum, enthusiasm, and action soar.
  • Surround Yourself With Inspiration. Whenever you see something that captures your attention, put it on display.
  • Get a Buddy. Encourage each other to keep trying new things. Innovation rarely happens in a vacuum.
  • Pick Small Projects. The benefits of small-scale innovation are huge. They can happen quickly, and they also garner the interest and attention - this paves the way for bigger, meatier, innovation projects.
  • Flip Your Assumptions. Over the course of the day, identify all the tasks you do without thinking. Take a moment to talk about how you could do them differently.

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Bring it to Life

Bring it to Life

Stop talking and start building! Put your thoughts into words, your words into pictures, and your pictures into prototypes.

Even a bad drawing is better than no drawing.

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More tips on practising innovation

More tips on practising innovation
  • Ban Things. Having constraints and parameters actually inspire innovation by forcing you to think dynamically and creatively.
  • Get Out of the Office, even if it’s just to walk around the block.  Your mind will start connecting dots between what you see and the problems you left back at the office.
  • Fuel Up on Creativity. Pick something creative to kick-start the morning. It will inspire your attitude and creativity throughout the day.
  • Ask Yourself “What Would My Hero Do?”.  When you’re stumped with a problem you can’t make any headway on, ask yourself what they might do to solve it.

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Creativity and remote work

  • In the discussion about remote work, most of conversation goes around finding ways to make emote workforce more productive and efficient. Yet while productivity matters, creativity often gets left out of that conversation.
  • As remote work will be the new normal for many of us, the discussion cannot be about which is the better place to do creative work. We have to get better at being creative remotely. It’s no longer a nice-to-have.

Brainwriting over brainstorming

Remote work allows us go beyond the standard approach to brainstorming by using brainwriting.

  • This brainwriting approach prevents the loudest person, first to speak, or most experienced person from dominating the conversation.
  • Exchanging written ideas also allows the introvert to shine and it's easier on to team members whose first language may not be English.
  • There is less social pressure to follow one person’s idea, so everyone contributes equally.

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Figure out your morning flow

Starting your day on a high note sets the tone for the rest of your day (or even week). 

Think about the one thing that boosts your mood in the morning and incorporate it into your ro...

Take regular breaks

Not looking away from the computer doesn’t translate into productivity. A good way to boost your motivation throughout the day is to take small exercise breaks.

You can do anything from stretches to treadmill runs, just to get your blood flowing and boost your brain function by moving your body. It also sets the tone for a more energetic afternoon.

Write it all down

Mapping your goals in a visual way is key, as seeing them makes them more real. You’re more likely to follow through on your ideas if you pen them.

Write down your top priorities and designate ways and blocks of time to tackle them. Also minimize distractions (i.e., social media notifications, alarms, news alerts, etc.) to get these things done. 

Motivation

Motivation

Motivation is not a switch. Motivation is a flow. 

If you can create a self sustaining motivation engine, you’ll not only be able to find more meaning and purpose in your life, bu...

Motivation Engine in 3 parts

  1. Core. Your purpose. It is sustained by two things: Having Meaning, and Forward Movement.
  2. Support. What enables your goals. They can magnify the motivation core you have, or speed up the momentum that you build.
  3. Surface. Any type of external recognition that might give you motivation.