Full-time workers, particularly those of you in retail or office work, will understand the struggle. Staying creatively inspired when you're in full-time employment that might not be in your chosen creative field is tough, and it can drain you if that inspiration isn't satisfied regularly. I like to think of creativity like getting enough water in a day - if I don't keep myself 'topped up' and I'm thirsty, my brain doesn't function at its peak.

I have a full time job and, whilst it is in digital and I'm lucky that I work within a creative field in publishing, it can still be a grind. There are days when I just want to make something, even if it's just a one page doc of free writing. I let it all get on top of me a little recently and it was rubbish, so rather than reaching that point again, I've decided to try and implement more of these little creative exercises in my every day work. I hope you find them useful!

1. Host a brainstorming session with 5 of your closest colleagues to problem solve obstacles that might arise at work, rather than going back and forth via email. Grab different coloured post its, put ideas up on the walls, visualise and collaborate.

2. Pitch a Skillshare account to your immediate manager. It's cheap, the skills are super useful for most digital industries and very transferrable, and accounts can be (unofficially) shared between users.

3. Take 30 minutes a day to work outside. Take your laptop, or just a notepad and pen, and head to the nearest outside space to where you work. Even if this is just your lunch break, breathing in fresh air and taking in your surroundings can refresh a work day.

4. Spend time the evening before your next working day thinking through your clothes, styling and beauty look for the next day. It sounds superficial, but I have loved doing this for the past week. Every day I get to express something different about who I am by how I present myself. It's my own form of 'personal brand' creativity.

5. Use one lunch a month to host a movie club. If your workplace has meeting rooms with projectors, hook up your laptop (or just watch on screen!) and host a rotating movie club - it doesn't have to be anything to do with your work - perhaps you just want to share an interest, or take an hour out a month to watch something creatively inspiring. We watched 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' at work a few months ago and you wouldn't BELIEVE how inspiring it was!

6. Brain dump. Man, do I love a purge. Write out everything on your mind, no matter what form it comes in, just get it out, write and write without judgement until you come to a natural end. I always feel so much lighter after I've done this, and once you see everything you're focusing on and stressing about on paper, it never seems that important.

7. Start a journal. A bullet journal, a scrapbook - whatever you want to call it, keep it by your side at work and whenever you feel the need, scribble. Doodle. Tear out things from magazines and stick them into it. Journal. Make lists. Wherever your mood takes you, just follow it.

8. Refresh your space. You'd be surprised what a difference bringing in some life and some greenery makes to a desk. Pin up motivational quotes in bright colours, give it the Pinterest treatment. Even just giving your workspace a spring clean, the surprisingly cathartic act of shredding a bunch of shit you no longer need. Highly recommend this for getting some new perspective and energy around you.

9. Flip your day. First thing you do every day is to answer emails? Flip it! Get started with a tea break (shocking) or pop a big meeting into your calendar first thing. Answer your emails at 10. The world won't stop. Making sure to switch up your routine is really important - even if that just means walking to a different part of the building to make a cup of tea or get some water.

10. Suggest a summit. Are there any start up businesses or organisations you admire who might be willing to come into your office and talk, or do some networking? It might seem a little cheesy, but I've found these types of things, no matter how far away the industry is from my own, are always so useful.

11. Job swap - most companies are supportive of their employees picking up transferrable skills, and of employee retention, so it makes sense to enquire about these kinds of schemes. Even if you're offered a swap to an area of business that seems as though it has nothing to do with you or your goals, take the opportunity. You never know where you'll use the things you pick up.

12. Start a volunteer group, or find out if your work is affiliated with any charities that you could do some sponsored work for. You might be able to lend creative skills to organising things like fundraisers and socials if your organisations and committees are lacking in helpers.

13. Host a book club with fellow employees. You can organise meet-ups one lunch a month to discuss what you've been reading and swap notes and ideas. Fiction or non-fiction, no holds barred, a different host every month. Book clubs have a weird way of drawing out peoples' passions and, personally speaking, I find it so invigorating to be around passionate people discussing what they care about!

14. Keep a personal working doc for any creativity that might strike during your work day. I see nothing wrong in taking the equivalent of a tea or loo break to write down a few paragraphs if you're feeling it. Just call them 'sanity' breaks. Disconnect from the internet, focus solely on the creating, and then get up and do a lap of the office to clear out the cobwebs. I love these little 'creative laps' when I'm having a really slow day where everything seems to be going wrong.

15. Help a friend. Okay, this might not apply to everyone, but if you find yourself continuously zoning out of your own tasks and feeling fidgety, ask your closest colleague if they have anything on their list that you can get done for them, or if they need someone to bounce ideas off of. So many good things for me at work have come out of: 'Actually, I wonder if I could get your opinion on...'

16. Laugh more. I talked podcasts at the beginning of the week, and I meant what I said - these keep me going when I need it. But comedy podcasts really give me a lift if I need to lighten up and get out of my head. I love listening to old Ricky Gervais Shows from XFM (plenty on YouTube!) if I need a quiet giggle to myself.

17. Practice mindful breaks. If you're the type that can meditate at work then more power to you, but sometimes it's enough for me to just head to a quiet corner and listen to the Headspace app, or some soothing music. Clearing your mind leaves you a lot of air for new ideas!

18. Find one beautiful thing - again this might seem superficial - but if you had the task to 'social media' or 'make Instagram worthy' one thing about your day, what would it be? Seek out the beauty in your surroundings and fuck it - if you want to get your phone out and photograph the cherry blossom on the tree, you freaking do it. Just, no selfies in the office, k? K.

19. Make yourself a killer playlist and stack up loads of songs that get you pumped up or wiggle-dancing to yourself, put them in a Watch Later on YouTube and then let loose. Productivity win, and helps you get out of monotonous work patterns.

20. Don't kill your daydream - take time at work to visualise what your goals are. There's nothing wrong with spending half an hour on personal development - what are your next steps career wise? What is the tiny thing you can do today to move you towards those goals? Breaking things down into actionable steps and seeing this written down in front of you can be massively affirming. GO GET YOURS.

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