An article by the Character Training Institute explains how creativity is actually a mental discipline that arises from two things:
1. How I view a situation
2. What data I bring to a situation
For example, when Johannes Gutenberg looked for a better way to create books, he didn’t think in terms of writing manuscripts faster. He viewed the situation differently by focusing on the goal of how to get more text on paper in a shorter time. This prompted him to ask the right questions which eventually produced the right answers.
Secondly, he looked at what data he could apply. For centuries, kings had carved seals in blocks of wood, dipped them in ink and pressed them on important documents.
By applying these two principles of viewing the situation differently and applying existing data or technology to the problem, he created the printing press which has been used to spread the Gospel worldwide ever since.
Remembering these two questions might bring some creativity to your work and help you redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.