How to get your creative juices flowing

We’ve all been there: stuck in a creative rut. And the more pressure we put on ourselves — whether for work or hobby — the tougher it is to get those creative juices flowing. When your imagination gas tank is running on empty, don’t force the process. Instead, turn to one of these strategies to reignite your creativity.

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Spend time in the kitchen. When you lack creative ideas for that marketing campaign or watercolour painting, turn to a low-pressure, familiar form of creative work. Cooking is both therapeutic and creative, allowing you to unwind while improvising, and unlocking the creative side of your brain.

Keep a notebook. Often, we expect creative ideas to present themselves the moment we sit down to work. But creativity isn’t a switch you can flick on at will. Instead, keep a notebook for when creative ideas strike. If you jot down ideas as they come to you, you’ll have pages of creative kindling to help start the fire under your next project.

Meditate. A clear mind is open to ideas. When we feel stressed, we zero in on small details and miss the big picture. You know the saying, can’t see the forest for the trees.

Doodle. It’s not just for kids. Doodling unlocks the creative side of your brain through relaxed, intuitive movement. Put pen to paper without the pressure of forming a thought, and feel the creative juices flow.

Get moving. The mind-body connection is a powerful thing. Get your blood pumping, and your brain will thank you for the chemical reaction that triggers creative thought.

What’s your favourite way to shake a creative block? Let us know in the comments.

Etiquette Tips for the Summer Office Party

Summertime has arrived, which means many organizations are looking to take advantage of the beautiful weather and give employees an excuse to socialize beyond office walls. ‘Tis the season for office summer barbecues, company golf tournaments and workplace picnics.

However, a change in location and atmosphere does not necessarily allow for a change in behaviour. Proper office etiquette still applies, and there are certain guidelines you should keep in mind when enjoying some Vitamin D with your co-workers.

This blog post answers all of your office etiquette questions – including what to wear, how long to stay, how much to eat and drink, and what to talk about.

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