Do you want to be more innovative but you just don’t have the time? Maybe you just need to think differently about when to think differently.

Take the first 15 minutes of your day, grab a coffee and spend a little time thinking differently.

At the start of the day you are in the perfect state of mind to throw caution to the wind, open your mind and come up with some big ideas.  You could do your thinking in a targeted way, meeting a challenge, finding an opportunity or even just blue sky thinking.  The start of the day is for exponential innovation, big thinking, big ideas; after all, what else do you really accomplish in the first 15 minutes of the day?

Take the last 15 minutes of the day, grab a herbal tea and spend a little time thinking differently.

At the end of the day you have the perfect fuel for thinking differently in an incremental and targeted fashion.  The last 15 minutes can be spent thinking about all you accomplished during the day, the things that worked, the things that didn’t, the things that could be faster, smarter, cheaper and then thinking differently about how to improve those things. It puts a perfect full stop to the end of your day as well as making the next day better.

The rest of your day is for business as usual, accomplishing what you would normally accomplish and paying attention to organisational performance.

Thinking differently doesn’t take a lot of time.  It just takes a belief that thinking differently is valuable and the commitment to doing it, even if it is for only 15 minutes at the start and end of the day.

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Written by Lisa Smith

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Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities. Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.