Let’s face it; sometimes the office stifles creativity. I’m talking about the feeling where you’ve sat in your leather chair for too long and it starts to feel hot and your eyes start hurting from looking at the screen and the office drone is giving you a headache.
The best thing to do is leave the office. At our office, we practice this technique by getting coffee in the afternoon. It’s a valuable time that we use to discuss creative or strategic projects. It gives us a breath of fresh air which in-turn gets our thoughts flowing. Sometimes we only have 15 minutes and other times it lasts an hour. But regardless, we make a point of leaving the office.
You should do this too. And if you don’t have the time for coffee, then leave the office during lunch. Don’t think about eating at your desk or skipping lunch… make a point of getting out and smelling the roses. If you’ve go 15 minutes, take your MP3 player and go for a walk around your building.
If you do this, you’ll work less, get more done, and feel physically (and mentally) healthier.