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NO CATEGORY / 14 December 2016
How to Stay Creative at Work This Summer
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Gina Apperson

Summertime always sparks my creative side. Even though I can be prone to lazy days lying at the pool or reading a good book, I get excited about new projects during these summer months. Simply put, summer gives me creative energy. 

So how can we use these extra doses of sunshine to make us more creative at work? Don’t worry, you can still fuel your adventurous side into your career even if you’re sitting behind a desk this summer. Here are some ways to help you take advantage of all your creative ideas and use them to stand out in your career.

1. Stay creative by listing to a brand-new playlist on Spotify.

If you’re in an office or working on your own, choose a new Spotify playlist and listen to songs you’ve never heard before. That way, you won’t get distracted by your favorite songs or songs played over again. Listening to new songs often inspires me when I hear unique lyrics or beats. If you want a new playlist to try, check out Creativity Boost on Spotify.

2. Stay creative by reading something that captures your attention.

Whether it’s a book on a hidden tribe in Mexico or an article on Fast Company, choose to read something interesting before work or on a break. Also, tune into the key publications and websites in your industry. Making sure to stay current gives you purpose and context for your projects throughout the day. Since ideas only grow from other ideas, reading and research are at the epicenter of creative innovation.

3. Be creative socially; Have lunch or coffee with a new co-worker.

Talking to someone new makes our minds work in different ways. There are so many benefits to making strong connections at work, and getting to know new people can give us new insights. Ask about their career paths and their passions outside of work, and who knows you may find a new running or Zumba partner or the next solution for a project to impress your boss.

4. Be creative in your methods. Take a break from technology. Write notes on paper.

Even though we have instincts to cling to our computers and phones throughout the day, take at least a 10-minute break every hour from technology. It might seem hard, but use this time to write a to-do list, organize your projects into charts, fill in your calendar or brainstorm on paper. Always squeeze in some pen-to-paper time in your day, as studies show that writing and typing involve different brain patterns and that writing by hand may lead to more idea generation.

5. Watch an inspiring video and learn something new. 

If you’re like me and love getting ideas from the Internet, look for quality webinars or videos to inspire your next project. If you have downtime at the office, tune into CreativeLive, which offers free live classes on topics ranging from music, design, business, management, productivity and more.

6. Spark your creativity by going for a walk outside.

I learned after a day of working in an office without windows that I can get restless if I don’t get some fresh air. Sometimes we can feel attached to our desks or the office, but take that extra bit of ambition to go for a walk outside to brainstorm, meet with a co-worker or get a different perspective. Or perhaps use this time to take a break, and don’t be afraid to let your mind rest for a couple moments out of the day. 

Get your extra dose of vitamin D with a side of creativity this summer as you succeed in your internship or job. Take your organization to places they have never been before. As Edward de Bono said, “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress.” So let’s keep moving forward and keep creating. 

Start something new! One of the best ways to keep your mind working is to learn something new. Try learning about social media marketing or coding (if that suits you better) and do projects for hiring companies today!