Increase your productivity through 10-minutes of creativity

When we engage in creative activities on a regular basis, it leads to new and fresh ideas, innovative problem solving, and offers welcome stress relief. That’s why creativity is an essential part of a professional skill set.

It is through the exercise of creative thought and processes that we are able to experiment, play, and develop a creative mindset that leads to more productivity and success at work.

We don’t all have creative work. But we are all human beings with the potential for creativity. With that in mind, I have curated 9 activities to help challenge the status quo of your work day, so you can start experiencing the benefits of creativity in the workplace.

Doodle. While you’re on the phone, or in meetings — pick up a pen and start doodling. Studies show that rather than distracting you, doodling helps you retain information.

Close your eyes. Take a break from your computer screen and use your other senses to experience the environment around you. Note what you smell, feel & taste. Exercise your imagination.

Clean your work space. Create a clean canvas to do your work. Clutter weighs on our minds, affecting composure and productivity. Give yourself a blank canvas.

Wake up 10 minutes early. Although you will be tempted to check your email — resist. For these 10 minutes, do nothing but relax with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some quiet time. Silence allows room for innovation to tip toe in.

Do something new. Creativity is fueled by new experiences. Trying something new is being creative.

Map out your day. Take a blank piece of paper and start mapping out your day in words and pictures. Nothing fancy. This is a way to look at your day in a fun and creative way. Make your day visually fun.

Do the 30 Circle Test. Draw 30 circles on a blank piece of paper. Put your timer on and make as many unique things out of the circles as you can in 3 minutes. Stretch and exercise your creative muscles.(based on the research and techniques of Bob McKim)

Write by hand. And when I say hand, I don’t mean use your fingers to manipulate a keyboard. Use pen and paper. The manual flow of hand writing relaxes the mind. Enjoy the flow.

Build something. Pick up the first 5 things you see on your desk and build something. Can you make it stand up? Move? How high can you build it? Creativity is a great exercise in problem solving.

We can all benefit from creativity. Just try adding one of these activities into your day for 10 minutes. Allow yourself to get lost in the process without worrying about the results. Then watch how just a touch of creativity makes your work come alive!

Watch my TEDx Talk: ‘What if?’ The Life Changing Power of Curiosity and Courage


  • Van Lai-DuMone

    Founder of worksmart, Disrupting Traditional Corporate Training Through Creativity | Keynote Speaker I Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator |


    Van actively works to rewrite the way we apply creativity in the workplace, instilling brave thinking in clients who are willing to disrupt traditional training methods. As the founder of worksmart, a progressive team and leadership development company; Van proposes that we are all innately curious and creative therefore good ideas can come from any level of an organization, and by cultivating idea sharing in the workplace, everyone has a chance to have their voice heard. And when that happens - company culture, performance, and innovation can skyrocket! She studied Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. With over 15 years of corporate and start-up experience, Her clients include game changers such as Google, LinkedIn, and MeUndies.