“I’ve got a million things to do, but I can’t focus anymore.”

“My brain is full,” a colleague said to me the other day as he massaged his head in his hands.

I could relate.

We’ve all experienced that sense of frustration. It reminded me of… well, me.

Take A Break?

We all fight taking a break. It seems illogical to take a break when we’re already way behind, but in reality it’s very effective. Not relaxing will eventually lead to decreased productivity and burnout. Why? Because our minds need to recharge or they will shut down and turn off, whether we like it or not.

Maybe, like me… you feel guilty taking breaks. Don’t! Taking breaks is part of work. Whether it’s 15 minutes, a few hours or a few days, you deserve time off to recharge your brain. Shut down the computer, walk away from the Crackberry and stop worrying. Take it Paul Simon…

You just slip out the back, Jack. Make a new plan, Stan. You don’t need to be coy, Roy. Just get yourself free. Hop on the bus, Gus. You don’t need to discuss much. Just drop off the key, Lee. And get yourself free.

4 Ways to Clear Your Mind & Stimulate Creativity!

Just slip out the back, Jack! The world is your oyster… I mean office. Get away from the fluorescent lights, same old walls and experiment with locations. With a laptop, you can work anywhere from coffee shops to the park. Don’t have a laptop? Try it old-school with a notebook and pen. A change in atmosphere will help you awaken new ideas lying dormant in your brain. Stimulate your senses and generate new ideas faster than ever.

Make a new plan, Stan! Try something new. Do something outside your comfort zone. Write with your opposite hand. Draw your ideas. Buy a kid’s colouring book. Go bowling. Walk down a new street. Enter a store you’ve never been to. Newness snaps you out of zombie-mode. Force yourself to look at the world, your problems, and your work with eyes wide-open.

Hop on the bus, Gus! Unless you’re prone to road rage, hop in the car or get on the bus and go for a ride. Why? Movement is relaxing. Turn up your radio or ipod. Your mind will travel to new places.

Get yourself free! Take the pressure off. Stress often shuts down creativity. It’s important to give yourself permission to breathe, relax and the ideas will come to you. Trust me, they will. The more you relax, the smarter you become. Do what makes you happy, even if that means watching mindless TV for awhile.

credit: Andrea Noble – Creative Copywriter

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