Innovation can be a scary word, especially once we have established all of our routines and patterns. Breaking out of those patterns, trying something new; this is deeply terrifying and absolutely essential. Tackling innovation seems to be daunting, especially when we think we have to change the world.
We just need to change our own perceptions. Innovation doesn’t have to result in creative earthquakes or visions of a utopian future. It can be as simple as a change in our daily routine, trying out a new product to offer clients, or stretching ourselves intellectually throughout the day.
Change will always lead to improvement, eventually, if we allow ourselves the time to try new things, fail, and try again. It’s the only way we know how to improve, the only way to keep the work fresh and flowing.
For these purposes, it’s usually better to keep these changes smaller, to make micro-innovations that make your day, routines, and creativity better. And as long as you aren’t getting lost in reinvention, it’s always good practice. It can be as simple as a change to your playlist, to the way you approach your writing, or even the kind of writing.
Don’t write poetry? Time to give it a try.
Never written an essay. Let’s get academic.
None of these changes have never been done before. Moreover, these modifications are tried and true and in no way original. They don’t have to be. They just have to be original for you.
The pressure is off. You don’t have to revolutionize the world for everyone else. Innovation can be just for you.