7 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET CREATIVE

7 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET CREATIVE

A common misconception is that some people are born creative and others are not. This isn’t true; creativity is something that you can work on, develop and grow. Are you are feeling frustrated about a lack of creativity? Check out 7 tips to help you to get creative here.

1. Take inspiration from others

is nothing wrong with taking a little inspiration from others –Shakespeare famously took inspiration for many of his plays, including King Lear. A good idea is never a stolen one, but taking inspiration from others can help to boost your own creativity, helping you to create something original yet inspired.

2. Welcome all ideas

Many people ruin their own creativity by being too fussy. Welcome all of your ideas, including the bad ideas and the half-baked ideas. You never know which idea will work best until you’ve tried them all!

3. Collaborate

If you are not feeling inspired alone, team up with someone else and see what you can create together. This will give you unique ideas and perspectives – you may even discover that you work better as part of a team!

4. Do nothing

If you are stressed out and frustrated by your current lack of creativity, take a break. Read a book, , sleep, watch a film, spend time with loved ones – and don’t think about it! This will take the pressure off, and a good night’s sleep will help you to feel refreshed and productive.

5. Go outside

Most of us spend too much time sat down in the same place, and this can drain your productivity and leave you feeling restless. Go outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery – this will give you a break and help you to start feeling creative.

6. Ask for feedback or advice

It can be tough to open yourself up to criticism, but you could get advice that hugely improves your work. You could be too close to the problem – let someone with an outside perspective comment on your lack of creativity and why it could be happening. After all, their advice could spark a brilliant idea in your mind!

7. Make your environment pleasant

Make sure your set-up is distraction free and encourages you to be productive. Make sure it is tidy and everything you need has a designated place. When it comes to music and scenery, everyone is different. For some, music and an open window help to inspire them – but for others they are distracting.

Do you think you are creative? Have you ever suffered from a creative block? Let me know in the comments! I hope everyone is having an awesome week.

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HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

How To Stop Procrastinating

Do you struggle to stop procrastinating? Many people wake up hoping for a productive and focused day, but then procrastination strikes. Don’t let your days be unproductive; check out 7 ways to stop procrastinating.

1. Make a practical to-do list; instead of writing down the things you know you will get done no matter what, write a list of the jobs you don’t like doing – then set a deadline.

2. Make sure you are doing the right things; there are lots of things you can be doing, and only a few things that will NEED doing. Focus on completing the tasks that need doing first, and move on to the other, less important tasks once you’ve finished.

3. If you have a long and difficult task to complete, break it down into smaller chunks to help you feel less overwhelmed. This way, you will notice that you are accomplishing things while working on the task, which will help you to stay feeling motivated.

4. Take away temptation; remove all possible distractions before you start working. If you struggle with social media, consider downloading Cold Turkey; this app allows to temporarily block websites while you work to help you stay focused.

5. Implement consequences; think of one of your little treats, from chatting online to friends to having chocolate cake for pudding. If you don’t finish the task, take away your reward for the day to make sure you won’t do the same again the next day.

6. Reward yourself; if you finish this long project, you can treat yourself to a trip to the cinema. Rewarding good work will help you to be productive during the day – and it means you’ll have a great evening, too!

7. Tell other people about your intentions. Once other people know about your work commitments, you may feel more obliged to finish them. After all, it is pretty hard to come up with a reason for why they haven’t been finished – other than pesky procrastination! Good luck staying motivated!

What did you guys think of this post? Sometimes I can really struggle to stay motivated – you may have noticed this in my post ‘A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer’! However, these tips do help me personally to stay focused and make sure I have a productive working day. Do you have any other tips that work for you? I’d love to hear them!

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Earlier this week we covered different life skills that make your day-to-day life and career easier, from time management to sleep management.

Today I am going to cover four different life skills that are equally as helpful – check out four life skills that will benefit you forever once you know them.

1. Being consistent – Whether you are exercising, studying, working, or spending time with your loved ones, consistency is key. Putting hard work in is not actually that hard – the hard part is doing it every day, repeatedly, until you reach success.

2. Minding your own business – Lots of people struggle to mind their own business – other people are pretty interesting, in their defense! However following other people’s journeys is a waste of your time and resources. Instead, focus on yourself and your own journey. Are you working hard? Are you achieving your goals? Are you happy?

3. Asking others for help – you cannot do everything yourself, and trying to will make you stressed out and aggravated. You may worry asking for help makes you seem incompetent or weak, but this is absolutely not the case – everyone requires help in some areas, and getting that help often creates better results.

4. Having a proactive mind-set – Your mind is the tool that lets you stay in bed all day, or get up and exercise and work. Choose to have a more proactive mind-set, and consciously push yourself forward every day. Get rid of the excuses, and instead ask yourself; why can’t you achieve something today? What is stopping you? Is that a valid reason?

What did you guys think of this post? I decided to write a follow-up post, as I think mind-set and perspective can really change the way we live our lives. If you can think of any other life skills that you think are really useful, comment your ideas below and let me know! 🙂

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance Part 2

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance Part 2

Do you struggle to find a good balance between work and play? Many people either work too hard or relax too much, and they struggle to change their lifestyles. If you struggle to find the perfect work/life balance, check out 5 more ways you can find the perfect work balance.

1. Limit your work hours

Working extremely long hours isn’t good for your mental health – or your family’s mental health. However, some people have to work longer hours – maybe they are starting their own business, or they run a company. If this is you, set out your work hours at the beginning of the week. Make sure you work 8 hours at least one day of the week every week – if you work late on the other days, you should have no work issues, and this can be something for your family to rely on.

2. Work with your personal energy

We all have natural energy cycles; some people work better first thing in the morning, while others get all of their best work done during the night. Think about when you are most productive and try to work for a few hours during this time. As you will be feeling extra productive and motivated, you will complete more work than normal during this time, freeing up time at different points in the day.

3. Delegate tasks

If you really struggle to take time off work, you may need to delegate some of your tasks to others. From hiring an assistant at work to paying a cleaner to clean your house once a week, these methods can help you to focus on your most important work while still having some time to yourself.

4. Plan a holiday

No matter how busy you are, you can afford to take a few days off a year through delegating tasks. Time off will relax your body and mind, making you a more efficient worker generally. If you can’t afford to take a week off work, book one day off and make plans with your loved ones for the day. This will help you to enjoy your life while refocusing and recharging.

5. Join a club

If you work so often you struggle to maintain friendships, consider joining a club. This will help you to enjoy your time off while also offering you the opportunity to socialize. There are various clubs, from cooking to swimming – have a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is hoping to find a better balance between their work and their personal life? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

30 Small Things I Do Every Day To Improve The Quality Of My Life

Hey everyone!

Would you like to be happier on a day-to-day basis? Sometimes the little things drag me down, but if I am in the right mood, the little things can make my day much better.

I thought I would share an article with you guys that I wrote for Lifehack, called “30 small things I do every day to improve the quality of my life.” If you’d like to, check it out here and let me know what you think:- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/30-small-things-every-day-that-improves-the-quality-life.html

I hope you are all having a great day so far! 🙂

15 Things Independent People Don’t Do

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share another article I wrote for Lifehack called “15 Things Independent People Don’t Do.”

I think it is really important to be independent in some aspect of your life. It is nice to know that you are in control, and you only have to rely on yourself!

Read it here :- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-things-independent-people-dont.html

What did you think? Do you think you are independent? Thank you (as always) for reading! 🙂