We all have moments in our working life where we feel uninspired or stuck in a creativity rut. The everyday work grind can be mentally and physically draining at times, and this can affect our creativity immensely. But there are many things you can do to get back on track. Follow these tips to boost your creativity on a daily basis.
- Schedule Your Free Time
We all need a healthy amount of free time in order to achieve a good work-life balance. Overworking leads to burnout, and it’s important that you don’t let it get to that point. To ensure you make time for yourself, set a strict schedule for your daily work and leisure activities. This will help you set boundaries between your work and personal life, and avoid spending excessive time on one work project.
- Set Aside Time to Exercise
It’s important to maintain a healthy fitness routine, even if you have a full-time desk job. Sitting at your desk all day long does no good for your physical health or creativity. If you haven’t already, establish some simple at work exercise practices to get your blood pumping and energy levels up. This increase in blood flow and energy will help get your creative juices going.
- Read a Range of Books
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Reading books is one of the best forms of inspiration. Head to the nearest bookstore and look for a range of informative, fictional, creative and non-fictional books by different authors. This will allow you to learn about different viewpoints and stories, helping you to be more compassionate in your interpersonal dealings.
- Spend Time in Nature
Spending time in nature has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. When you’re stuck inside the office all day, getting outside in nature can do wonders to shift your mindset. Find time after work or on the weekends to spend time in nature, whether it’s for a brief walk in the park or a hike in the wilderness. The fresh air and peaceful natural surroundings will refresh your mind and fuel your inspiration.
- Re-organize & Re-Decorate Your Office
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Your physical working environment can have a big effect on your mindset. It’s most important that your office space is tidy and free of any clutter. An organized space will help you de-stress and think clearly. Once you’ve re-organized a bit, you can start thinking about adding some decor to the space. Try to add some color where you can – colors like green and yellow are known to inspire creativity and boost your mood. Consider decorating the walls with some of your favorite motivational quotes or artwork. This will help to fuel your imagination.
- Take a Class
There are always opportunities to improve your skills and enhance your thinking. If you’re feeling creatively stuck and uninspired, consider taking a class in your field of work. This is a great way to challenge yourself, learn new things and meet other creative people. If you don’t want to take a class in person, there are hundreds of excellent online courses out there as well.
- Keep a Journal
Every creative person should keep a journal, because you never know when inspiration might suddenly strike. The morning is the best time to jumpstart your creativity, so take this time to write down any thoughts you have. Make sure to keep the journal with you at all times, so you can write ideas down as they come to you.
About The Author
This is a guest post by Harper Reid, a freelance writer from New Zealand. In her experience, there’s no creative block that a few minutes out in nature or a delicious hazelnut latte can’t fix. Explore more of her published work on Tumblr.
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