DOODLE AT YOUR DESK

Pulling out a pen and some scratch paper is one of the simplest ways to exercise the right side of your brain. Plus, doodling can help you generate fresh ideas when you’ve got a bad case of writer’s block. Just make sure to only do this when you’re solo, not when you’re in a meeting, as it may appear like you’re not listening!

WALK AROUND THE OFFICE

Steve Jobs was well known for taking his meetings while walking in the hills behind his house. He believed it was more conducive to creative thinking, and he’s not the only one. A Stanford study shows that walking outdoors (or even indoors) boosts your creative inspiration. So take a 10-minute break and get moving!

TAKE A POWER NAP

Let’s be honest—most of us don’t get our recommended eight hours of sleep every night. A 10-minute power nap may be just the thing to give your brain a creative boost. If you’ve ever needed an excuse for nap time in the office, here it is!

LISTEN TO MUSIC

Studies show that our brains function better after listening to music, but the trick is that it has to be music we enjoy. Put on your favorite Spotify playlist and the let the inspiration flow.

TAKE TIME TO DAYDREAM

With all the information we process every day, our brains can feel a bit overloaded. Give your brain a break for a few minutes to get those creative juices flowing.

BUILD SOMETHING

Step 1: Keep a bowl of LEGOs on your desk at work. Step 2: Play with said LEGOs whenever you’re feeling uninspired. We keep them in our conference rooms at Brit + Co and truly believe they make us have more productive and inspired meetings.

PIN, PIN, PIN

When your brain feels too full to function, open up Pinterest in a new browser window. With millions of great ideas, you’ll be feeling inspired in no time. (Psst! We’re serving up tons of creative inspo over on Brit + Co, too!)

STARE AT SOMETHING GREEN

Seriously. A study actually showed that people who took a peek at something green before a task were able to come up with more imaginative and creative answers than those who were shown other colors. So pop a green plant on your desk and start staring!

DRINK COFFEE

Waiting for inspiration to strike? Grab a cup of joe! It can give you the focus you need to connect your big ideas.

READ

Take a break from staring at your inbox and spend 5-10 minutes reading your favorite blog or magazine. Reading helps us open our minds to new ways of thinking, which is a great way to boost your creativity quickly.