Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant at EvalQuality.com and Creative Advisor of this blog. Creativity is another powerful tool evaluators can potentially use at certain points of the evaluation process to improve engagement or to solve eventual dead-ends or conflicts. So I have started posting about this subject and today I’m going to share my ideas about how to foster creativity.
Let’s run this little improvised test (that is almost a rubric!):
Do you consider yourself a creative person?
a. No, I’m a serious evaluator/researcher and creativity has nothing to do with my job.
b. Not really, I try to be creative, but nothing “happens.”
c. It is not my major virtue but I have some creativity moments here and there.
d. Yes! I’m always overflowing with new ideas of how to do things.
Ok, if you answer is (d), don’t read on. You don’t need any tips for further developing your creativity.
If your answer was (c), your creativity is already released, but you could encourage it to make an appearance more often.
In that case, or if you don’t consider yourself as a creative person (b) but you would like to be one, here are some ideas:
- Let your mind fly free. Don’t censor any crazy thought that may come out, no matter how “crazy”, “undoable”, or “impossible” it may seem. In fact, at the beginning, you should “force” yourself to go wild and think of the most absurd, bizarre things to set your creativity free.
- Use often the questions “Why not?” And “What if?” as a way to challenge what you know, or what happens, or what you think you know or why it happens. Always within rational limits (until you go too far and you result annoying), challenge everything.
- Get inspired by others: check for related stuff that can be inspirational. Of course the internet is a great place for researching.
- Talk to others: discussing things out loud and hearing others’ points of view often helps you get out of the blockage.
- Find something repetitive to do where you meditate upon everything, and do it periodically (daily if possible). Observe where you are and what you are doing when you have an idea. Often they are daily routines like walking, showering, driving or the like.
Finally, if your answer was (a), you may be perfectly right, but there are times when being creative at some moments may mean doing work that is more enjoyable and fun, in case that’s something appealing for you.
Other tips to be creative? Want to share the places or moments where you often come up with new ideas? Please comment or share Sara.vaca@EvalQuality.com. Remember: the crazier, the better!
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