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Job Productivity: 8 Ways to Bring Creativity to Work

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Let's say you work in a finance job and sit in a grey cubicle all day crunching numbers and have a high productivity rate. Do you go home and think about numbers? Do you daydream about numbers? Do you crunch numbers for fun in your spare time? We're going to answer those for you: No. You are a creative person stuck in a non-creative job, just like a lot of other people who need to make a living. Is there a way to bring your love of painting into the investment bank? Lifehack.org has eight ways to make your creativity work for you at work.

1. Don't complain – adapt. If your job is cramping your free spirit, don't gripe about it to co-workers. Instead, invest your energy into thinking about how you could adapt your work to be more creative. There's definitely one aspect of your job that has a little bit of room for creativity, whether it's in co-worker interactions, products, customers, projects or programs.

2. Map out how your interests could tie to your job. Simplify your job into its basic parts, and brainstorm about how those parts could relate to your creative urges.

3. Think about hidden opportunities. In what areas is your company lacking? If you love graphic design, is your company's logo not so great? If you love writing, look at your company's press releases – could they use a little work?

4. Talk business. If you want to make your work more creative, be prepared to talk about your talent in terms of business. When talking to your boss about the company logo, don't say that the design aesthetic sucks – instead, talk about it in terms of clients, sales, and public image.

5. Find some buddies. We guarantee that you aren't the only secretly creative person at your work. Make conversation with co-workers, and ask what they like to do for fun (just not in a creepy way). Maybe they have a great way of making their job feel more creative.

6. Volunteer. If your company needs a special events committee, step up. It'll give you a chance to design posters and signs for the event, or to write up invitations. Looking for little opportunities like this will seamlessly incorporate your passions into your work.

7. Start doing more. Once people start hearing that you have a talent, word will spread and people will start asking you to do more activities related to your creative interests.

8. Know when to stop. If you've genuinely tried all of the above steps and nothing is working, then find another opportunity. You'll just be making yourself and your co-workers miserable if you sit around complaining about how unfulfilled your job makes you feel.

via Lifehack.org