HOW TO: be more creative this 2014

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After celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, a lot of people find it difficult to get back to work. Most complain of having a holiday hangover. The good news is that the New Year is as good a time as any to get your professional life back on track. Forget about what you should have done or did not do last year. Consider 2014 as a blank slate where you can forget about all the challenges you faced as well as your shortcomings. Come up with a list of new projects and be hopeful about possibilities. Here, we will be dishing out a few tips on how to squeeze out those creative juices for the New Year.

If your main problem last year was that you were seemingly stuck in a creative rut, what can you do to resolve it? Take a look at the following tips:


Next to spring, the start of a new year is the best time to de-clutter. No matter what the nature of your job is, nothing will make your creative juices flow than the sight of an empty desk or a super-clean office. Get rid of all the clutter that you accumulated for the past year, and make space in your desk – as well as in your life – for new projects and ideas.

Do something that’s different from your daily tasks

There is such a thing as work burnout, where you seemingly run out of ideas simply because you are doing the same thing day in and day out. Let’s say that you are a copywriter and you feel like you cannot squeeze words out of your brain anymore. Take a short break every now and then to do something entirely different. Play a physically draining sport or do something that does not require you to think about words. On the other hand, if you do manual labor on a daily basis, engage in activities that will exercise your mind. Doing something that’s entirely different from your daily tasks will give your mind a much-needed break, give it the recharging that it needs to get your creativity back on track.

Find that delicate balance between creativity and productivity

Even if you consider yourself to be the most creative person, not doing anything to implement your ideas is a waste of thinking energy. Once your creative juices start flowing, write down your thoughts on a journal or immediately implement them. Taking your thoughts from ideas into action is how you can find that delicate balance between creativity and productivity.

Additional creativity tips

Playing as the kids do is yet another way for you to be more creative for the New Year. Spend time with kids by telling them stories, joining them in art or coloring sessions, and even building blanket forts. Other ways to boost your creativity include learning a new skill, taking language classes, doing something new everyday, working with your hands or even simply going outside and engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations more. With these tips, you can keep your creativity flowing not just for the start of 2014 but all year round.

This article is written by Sarah del Rosario of UK Toner Cartridges. are the UK’s leading printer ink and toner cartridge suppliers providing high quality products for low prices.

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