5 Ways to Think Creatively at Work

Don't start 2013 in a rut. Change your mindset

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With 2013 is in full gear, be sure to get started making some positive changes. If you find yourself bored or dissatisfied at work, find ways to think more creatively and get those productivity juices flowing. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Devour books: Read voraciously. Try biographies of great minds, thought-provoking fiction or leadership guides. Keep up with trade publications in your field. Watch TED talks and reading inspiring blogs.

Observe the great: Keep an eye open and a notebook ready. Who are the smartest and most creative people in your  office? Pay close attention to how those people work to see the process behind the good ideas—or take your coworker out for a coffee and have a chat about how he or she goes about solving problems.

If your job gives you the opportunity to travel to conferences, go. Panels likely to generate debate are great ones to attend. Listen to how the debaters structure their arguments and back it up with their original findings.

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