3 quick and easy ways to become more creative and knowledgeable at work

Here’s what I did in one week.

1. Serve at your company’s helpdesk or call center for a day.

  • You get the weirdest (most creative) questions to which you have to find the answer, and in the process, you learn a lot (about your company and its services).
  • You get to know all sorts of people by referring people to them or calling them to find out things for your caller.
  • You get to solve complicated problems.
  • You get to have a smile on your face and be patient (hey that’s a change!).
  • You get to see things from a different angle.

2. Use your lunch break to paint a picture for your office wall (if you have an office wall).

  • Painting completely gets your mind off things.
  • You use your right brain.
  • It’s fun.
  • People will be jealous of your original artwork (or not, but it’s definitely a conversation starter).
  • Your office space becomes more likeable and creative and ‘you’.

3. Ask a random department if you can attend one of their meetings.

  • You get to meet new people.
  • You learn new things and might get some good ideas for your own department.
  • You get to be relaxed in a meeting because there is no pressure and no action items will be piled on you.
  • It improves inter-departmental communication (management loves that!)
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