A deadline is approaching, but you’re feeling stuck? The pressure to produce is suffocating you and you end up feeling useless and sad? We sincerely hope that you have never experienced anything like that. But the chances are – that you have. Not being able to immediately come up with a genius idea is totally ok. But did you know that artistry can be trained through creativity challenges?
That’s right! Just like with every muscle in our body – the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. For example, creative problem-solving sessions with groups that have even a minimal amount of training in creativity tools and principles generated 350 percent as many ideas than groups without training—and these ideas were 415 percent more original!
The great news is that there are plenty of simple and fun creativity challenges that will train your artistic mind.
Why Is Creativity So Important In the First Place?
Well, we can all agree that creative people have more fun in life 🙂
But let’s talk business.
Creativity is or is related to nine of the top 10 skills that global executives say is essential for 2020 and beyond. Artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, biotechnology, and genomics. Today, these are not just some fancy words found in books. It’s our reality. Machines start making decisions for us, but, thankfully, robots can’t be as creative as humans (at least, for now). So, creativity is one of the main skills that any worker will need. That’s exactly why 94% of hiring managers say it is important to consider creativity when hiring a job candidate.
A few years ago, recruiters ranked creative problem-solving as the second-most difficult skill to find among job applicants.
In a nutshell, training your artistic mind is not just a fun thing to do. Moreover, it is not something that exclusively creators and artists should do. Nowadays, creativity is one of the main things that will help you find a great job. Show the statistics to your grandparents who still think that an artistic mind won’t get you too far (and then spend some time doing the exercises listed below together 🙂 ).
4 Fun Creativity Challenges
- Mind maps are one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. By the way, mind mapping is not just ‘note-taking’. In fact, it’s ten times better because here you can incorporate not only words but also images (take a look at this online mind mapping tool). Even though a mind map may look like a colorful, childish drawing, it contains a lot of information and helps you get an overview of a large subject. While mind mapping, you will be using natural associations. This fact helps you be more creative and generate more ideas.
And the best part is that mind maps can be used practically for anything! For group brainstorming, learning a new subject, planning your career, or taking meeting notes.
Where to start? Well, if it’s your first mind map, then it’s better to draw one by hand. Use a picture for your main idea and draw it in the center. Use colors and curved branches to make your brain more excited. Connect the main branches to the central image; after that, connect your second-level branches to the main ones, and so on. Remember to continue using images and write down one keyword per line. And be creative! Because there is no one single right way to create a mind map 😉
- The Thirty Circles Challenge is a really cool icebreaker that will encourage your creative confidence. It is something that you can do before an important brainstorming session, for example, as this exercise will help ‘warm you up’ and that will challenge you to think outside of the box.
The actual exercise is very simple. In front of you, you have a sheet with thirty identical circles. Your challenge is to turn every blank circle into a recognizable object. You can put a time limit (usually, it’s 3 minutes). Do the exercise alone or in a group. By the way, it is fun to see how different age groups handle the challenge 🙂
- “Speed Dating” is another fun exercise that will help break the ice between all the participants. This is a great challenge that everyone can become part of before a brainstorming session. Whether you are a regular worker or the boss – it doesn’t matter (in fact, this is exactly what makes the exercise so exciting).
Sit in front of each other in pairs and ask the questions that have been printed out on a piece of paper. After 5 minutes, change partners. This quick exercise will help you get to know each other a bit better. As a result, your group will be able to generate more creative ideas.
As a cool bonus to your self-presentation, you can make your personality sandwich. Quite literally 🙂 Draw a visual sandwich that includes all the things that you love (hint: it may be anything). You can also give your sandwich a name. This exercise will not only help you with your self-presentation, but it also makes you practice divergent thinking (the process of creating multiple, unique ideas or solutions related to a problem that you’re trying to solve).
- If you work in a company that sells something, then making a Customer Journey Map is the right kind of creative challenge for you. This exercise will help you develop empathy, meet the clients’ expectations, and ensure an overall great customer experience.
The map is a visual representation of the customer journey. It tells the story of your brand and the buyer with the help of various ‘touchpoints’. Who is your customer? What is he looking for? Where will he come across your brand for the first time? For a more personal approach, you can even give your buyer a name. In the end, you have to figure out what were the main problems that, for example, Paul had to face (and fix them).
And don’t forget to write down ALL the ideas that come to your mind (even if you are in the middle of a meeting or a workout session). You already have a lot of ideas, but don’t quite understand how to bring them to life? Perfomante can help you with video-related content. A team of professionals will work on your case and deliver a vibrant video ad within the shortest time frame.