Tips Offered For Kitchen and Bath Professionals to Boost Creativity

by WOHe

Tips Offered For Kitchen and Bath Professionals to Boost
Creativity

The kitchen and bath industry is fueled largely by the
creativity of its designers, sales professionals and business
owners. And, yet, creativity, many kitchen/bath professionals find,
is often elusive at different times over the course of a
career.

Want to boost your creativity? Several simple steps can help you
become more creative in your designs, sales techniques, and
business operations.

For example:

  • Always carry a small notebook and a pen or pencil around with
    you. Whenever you have an idea, jot it down. When the notebook is
    full, review what you’ve written and retain the best of the ideas.
    When you start this you may determine that the vast majority of
    what you’ve written down is worthless. Don’t worry. What matters is
    the small percentage that’s truly valuable. Focus on the ideas that
    are good, and try to put them into effect.
     
  • Stuck for an idea or a solution? First, write out the problem
    you’re faced with in as much detail as you can. Often, large and
    seemingly insoluble problems turn out to be many little solvable
    problems linked together.
     
  • Still stuck? Here’s a trick that sometimes works: open the
    dictionary at random and select a word any word. Study the meaning.
    Now, write out a solution to your problem while trying to work that
    word and its meaning into the solution. It sounds funny, but often
    it sparks ideas. Although we associate creativity with freedom, it
    actually consists of efficient operations within the parameters
    that we’ve hard-wired into ourselves through a lifetime of habit
    and training. Restrictions and obstacles get you thinking of ways
    around them.
     
  • Read as much as you can, about everything and anything you can
    find. Books exercise your brain. They can provide inspiration. They
    also give you information. The more you collect information, the
    easier it is to make creative connections between bits of
    information.
     
  • Exercise your brain. Go to an Internet chat room and argue
    about politics or films or religion. Don’t get distracted by
    insults or “flames.” Make a case and argue the details.
     
  • Don’t overlook the power of music. If you listen to country
    music or rock and roll all day, switch to classical music.
    Classical music actually seems to enhance the brain’s operation.
    For example, students who sing or play a musical instrument score
    an average of 51 points higher on the verbal portion and 39 points
    higher on the math portion of their SATs. One university found
    students who listened to 10 minutes of Mozart before taking SATs
    had higher scores than students who didn’t. Major corporations like
    Shell, IBM, and DuPont, along with hundreds of schools and
    universities, have begun using classical music to cut learning time
    in half and increase the retention of newly learned material.
    They’ve noticed that creativity scores soar when people listen to
    Mozart.

Classical music can help you focus your attention. It can put
you in a “creative” mood and this can enhance your creativity.

It will also calm you down and, if the experts are right, reduce
stress by moderating your heartbeat, blood pressure and body
temperature. 

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