Sometimes our creativity becomes stifled and no matter what we do it’s hard to untangle ourselves from it. If you are a freelance writer, for example, your livelihood depends on your creativity and the ability to weave words together. All writers inevitably face writer’s block, lack of motivation, illness, etc., that imposes a block to productivity.
No matter what profession you’re in, get back on track by taking a break from the office. Go for a walk, or go the movies. Explore things around you. Take in nature’s changing seasons and get a new feel for your environment. Your mind and your body will welcome the changes from the daily routine.
The break doesn’t have to be of any particular duration. Whatever is best for you. If you are an employee and you feel the need to extend it beyond your lunch hour, apply for time off, such as requesting a few vacation days. If you work for yourself, you have no one to answer to but yourself.
As a freelancer you might be able to spare a day or two. In any situation it’s your workload and income stream that will determine how much time you can allot. Allow yourself to take a leave of absence. You do need to keep your business intact, so before you take off, communicate to your clients and let them know that you will out of the office for a while.
Don’t worry that the work won’t be there on your return. Set your voicemail to indicate the duration of your absence and if necessary, designate someone else to handle your work load while you are gone. Your email can be set to auto responder, indicating your absence as well. Be sure to give a definite time frame for your return so clients aren’t left dangling.
Freelancers and other highly motivated workers like what they do and will continue doing it well but they all need a break from routine to keep the adrenaline flowing in the right direction. Simply communicating your intentions and listening to yourself will help your business continue to strive upon your return.