5 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity

5 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity

recharge your creativityAre you in a rut?

Is your job starting to feel like, well, a JOB?

Do you feel like things are just dragging along? No new ideas? No spark?

It just might be time for you to recharge your creativity. Get the spark back. Trigger some new ideas. Maybe even put a little spring in your step.

There are many things you can do to give yourself a creative recharge.  I don’t know about you, but an exotic vacation would definitely do wonders for my creative spirit. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t do such good things for my budget or my schedule.

While an exotic vacation isn’t in the cards this year, I have learned a few other ways to break myself out of the creative rut and re-inspire my creativity. And these ways won’t break the bank.

So, here are my five ways to recharge your creativity (and still pay the rent!)

Rearrange your office

Rethink your office layout. Take the afternoon (or the morning off), give your office a good cleaning and move the furniture, and even the artwork. Maybe it’s even time to change out your artwork. How long has that old poster been up there anyway? Sometimes changing the way things look can help you change the way you look at things. Giving the office a good shake-up can shake the cobwebs out of your brain and get it working again.

Read a new book

Read something really different. In fact, pick a completely different genre than what you usually read. Do you read business books? Pick a biography, a historical novel, a travelogue. Anything, even a beach read—as long as it’s different, interesting and holds your attention. Expand your (literary) horizons, stretch your mind, venture into a new territory. Read about someone or something that’s completely different than what you do every day. Give yourself permission to read something that isn’t focused on your day-to-day business.

Take a Lunch Break

Confession time. I am so bad about this I had to institute a “no food at the desk” rule. By the way, I’ve lost 2” off my waist since I made this rule, but that’s another blog post. Get up from your desk. Turn off the monitors. Put away the spreadsheets. Send your calls to voice mail. Take a REAL lunch break. Whether you leave your office (or home office) and go out to lunch or whether you are making your own, make it a tasty, healthy lunch and give yourself time to stop working and really enjoy it. If the weather is nice, take it outside. Admire the scenery. People watch (or in my case, squirrel watch). Just step away from the computer and give your brain—and body—a  break.

Go Somewhere Different

Are you a creature of habit? It’s time to break out of the routine. Whether it’s changing your usual errand stops or taking a few hours off to go exploring, getting out and going somewhere you haven’t been before can be enough to break out of the doldrums. Do you always go to the same office supply store? Visit one across town. When I am feeling uncreative, I go to the gourmet grocery or one of the dozens of ethnic markets in my town.  Looking at the exotic produce and beautiful Artisan breads and cheeses gets my brain started on the art and cooking projects I could make with a basket full of goodies.  When I have more time, I opt for a hike in the mountains or even just a walk or drive through a neighborhood I haven’t visited before.  A change of scenery can give you a new perspective.

Meet Someone New

This works best when you can do it in person. While I love my internet friends, there is no substitute for having face time with someone. Whether you go to a networking event, a business lunch or you decide to meet an online colleague or client in real life, getting out and making new relationships is one of the best remedies there is for getting recharged and inspired. If you’re going to a networking or business event, make it a goal to get to know someone you haven’t met before. Find out what inspires them and just maybe they’ll be able to inspire you, too.

And now, if these five ideas aren’t enough to get you going again—here is a nifty infographic with 29 more ideas. Hopefully, one of these will get you going again.

What do you do to recharge your creativity? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

46 thoughts on “5 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity

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    • July 17, 2013 at 7:10 am
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      Me, too, Yvonne. I find I have to shake things up every now and then just to keep it interesting.

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  • July 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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    Love the infographic, Marie! If I look at your suggestions, I see that what we need to do is get outside the box we create around ourselves at every turn — break a pattern, bring in something new, move stuff around. I guess creativity needs a little space to slip in and that pattern break provides it. 😉

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    • July 15, 2013 at 8:01 am
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      Yes, I think that’s it, Sharon. We tend to put ourselves into routines–and boxes–and that can definitely stifle our creativity.

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  • July 13, 2013 at 9:21 am
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    Creativity is really a way to energizing ourselves. There are so many areas where we can explore our creativity. But I believe creativity is more of a gift, don’t you think so?

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  • July 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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    Great info graphic! Love your ideas for getting out of a rut! I especially like/do the office clean up and rearranging!

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  • July 12, 2013 at 4:09 am
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    These are great ideas for sparking new ideas and promoting creativity temporarily. Ideally, you want to live a life that breeds ideas so that the ideas are there when you need them. As Hugh Grant’s character in Music and Lyrics said “Inspiration is for amateurs!”If you have to be inspired or drum up inspiration, you’re not regularly feeding your creativity. Make it a lifestyle and you are never short of ideas.

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    • July 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm
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      You are quite right. These are temporary fixes for those days when we’re just dragging and getting into the working rut. There is no substitute for the proper care and feeding of creativity. But that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. Hmmm. . . . I think I need to add that to my “to-write” list. Thanks for your comments.

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  • July 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm
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    Oooooh, that’s gonna be tough for me to take an actual lunch break. But I’ll do it! This list is wonderful.

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    • July 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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      It’s a tough one for me, too, Mona. Probably the hardest thing on this list because I get wrapped up in a project and totally forget the time.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm
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    Nice article you got there Marie. It’s true and I know that I also need reminders for myself to take time off. This is really a cool reminder 🙂

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  • July 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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    Excellent tips Marie Leslie! I completely agree with the ideas you’ve listed here – just making a small change or doing things in a different order can shake loose a completely different perspective!

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    • July 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm
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      Thanks, Moira. It is amazing how just a small shake-up of our routine can have such a big impact on us, isn’t it?

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  • July 10, 2013 at 8:21 am
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    hi there Marie! What’s your secret for having so many blog commenters when you just posted this one a couple of days ago? I particularly love your lunch break idea— planning on having lunch with my hubby today. AT the dining room table. AWAY from my office. 🙂

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  • July 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm
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    Great ideas off ways to stay creative! I believe that taking a brisk walk or sitting at the beach contemplating help boost my creative thought processes.:)

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    • July 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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      Going to the beach always boosts my creativity, too, Daniele. I just wish it wasn’t 1000 miles away so I could do it more often. 🙂

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  • July 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm
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    Great article with ideas for people who are stuck or bored. I do agree with taking breaks to keep the flow going through your day. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  • July 9, 2013 at 7:38 am
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    Fantabulous ideas and I definitely know that “eat your lunch at the computer one”…guilty as charged! As a first step in finding something other than a computer screen to look at, I went to a class last night AND took myself out to dinner. Something I haven’t done in 5 years!

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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      Way to break the habit, MamaRed! That’s definitely changing things up in a good way.

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  • July 9, 2013 at 4:20 am
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    Loved this post. I have to agree with all of it. We are all creative in our own ways and sometimes just expressing it makes us so happy. Thank you for the reminder.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm
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    Great post. I’m partway through a self-imposed week long break from work. I have posts scheduled and am only working a couple of hours/day. I was getting close to burnout. I do take time to go to the gym three days a week but I will admit to catching up on other blogs/downloads during lunch.

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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      It’s good to take a break every now and then, Kathy. I am going to camp in a couple of weeks and it will definitely be a break as rumor has it we’ll be out of cell phone territory. I’ll have a few things scheduled for while I am gone, but I’m looking forward to the BIG change in routine that camp always is.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm
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    Great article! I pinned it to my home office board and shared it on my Facebook page. I’ll be instituting the “no food at the desk rule” immediately (hoping for that 2 inch loss, as well!)

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm
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      Thanks, Shelley. The 2″ were definitely an unexpected benefit. Hopefully, I can find some more new rules that will lose a couple more. 🙂

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  • July 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm
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    I get my best ideas during exercise or sleep. I love the infographic.

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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      Thanks, Lisa. I find swimming to be my great pondering time. With no one to bother me (it’s really hard to chat with someone underwater), I find it a great time to come up with new ideas. Perhaps it has something to do, also, with the rhythm of swimming and the enforced measured breathing–almost like moving meditation.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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    Great Ideas for charging up the creativity! I just started engaging in a second creative activity while I write. I get most creative when multi-tasking so I starting to take a break every 30 minutes to sketch, brain storm or read short stories.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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    Great post and I love your Infographic, Marie! I recently rearranged my office – rotated my desk to look out a different window – and I love it. You’re right, that can really help! I’m working on the “no eating at my desk” and “taking a real lunch break” – that’s a work in progress, I’m afraid :)! Thanks for all the great tips!

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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      Thank you, Norma. That reading and learning from different fields definitely helps us to keep the creative juices flowing.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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    I love this post! Lots of good ideas here. I take a walk to get the creativity flowing. That is what works best for me.

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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      Getting out and taking a walk always helps me, too, MarVeena. While being out in nature is my favorite, I find even going to the mall or walking through a different neighborhood can help spark new ideas for me, too.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    I love the idea of reading a different “kind” of book! I live and thrive on informational type books but when I read the occasional romance novel or a good mystery, I always think, “why don’t I do this more often?” It DOES spark creativity. With my writing and my overall thinking, not to mention it’s a nice break. Fantastic post with wonderful ideas! Thanks!

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm
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      It’s amazing how giving our brains a chance to relax and wander on their own is so refreshing, isn’t it, Martha? I, too, am guilty of spending most of my time on business and learning books–but in the summer I am more likely to pick up something to read just for fun. I ought to do it during the rest of the year as well.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 11:50 am
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    This is a really great read. I plan to start a new book today that I purchased over the weekend–can’t wait!

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    • July 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm
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      What are you reading, Anne? I always love to know what is on other people’s reading lists.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 7:03 am
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    Happiness is a blog post with not 5 but 34 super cool ideas to recharge one’s creativity. Thank you for the inspiration!

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