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25 ways to kick off a creative New Year

Added on Saturday 16th of January 2010 12:59 am EST

Even if you despise New Year’s resolutions, you still probably sink into a creative rut occasionally. Those doldrums can rob your clients of outstanding designs and drain your mental energy. So whether you need a resolution to call your own or simply need help when your fire burns low, we’ve got you covered. Put the following creative boosters to work when you need some rekindling.

1. Exercise
Yes, even your first resolution is good fuel for your creative spirit. After all, slouching at a desk, working on your computer all day is enough to stiffen even the most limber muscles. Make time in your busy week for a mix of cardio and strength training, and you’ll be amazed at how energized your body—and your brain— feels.

2. Visit a museum or art gallery
Admiring others’ artistic talents is a great way to get your own artistic juices flowing. Checking out other artist’s styles and their varying use of line, color and form are also great creative refreshers.

3. Go out and play
If you find yourself stumped for your next ad, brochure layout or any design piece, step away from your assignment for a little while. Many creative individuals find they get their best ideas while on the golf course or soaking in a bubbly tub. Get your mind to a happy place and the creative ideas will follow.

4. Shake up your routine
Take a different route to work, try something new for lunch, or rearrange your desk. A fresh approach to your day will give you a new perspective and help you think more creatively.

5. Time your day right
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