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No doubt graphic designing is an exciting and enjoyable profession. Still, graphic designers sometimes face creative hitches. No matter how much we engross ourselves in our graphic design work, avoiding boredom and stress in not easy. For a profession like graphic designing, overcoming the creative block is essential. Graphic designers are energetic at start, but as the day progresses, the creative energy level drops down.

Annoyed by this problem, I set out to find some creative and clever ways to beat the stress factor. For graphic designers, being crazy is being creative. After some research I discovered some truly creative and effective ways through which graphic designers can retain their creative vigor even in exhaustion. Not only graphic designers, anyone who works a tough routine can benefit from these tips.

Check out these 12 fun and creative ways for graphic designers to get rid of the creative block.


1) Clever 40 winks:

The best way to shrug off exhaustion is to take a quick and short nap. But beware not to dose off in front of your boss or you might land in trouble. A clever way is to draw eyes on your eye lids to fool others, or even better, wear shades while asleep. :)


2) Caffeine power:

This is the most popular recipe to get that top working again. Grab a cup of coffee and do away with your exhaustion. For those graphic designers who are not coffee lovers, try an energy drink to boost up the power. This is an easy way to gain that creative strength back.

Snack Attack

3) Snack attack:

Drenched in heavy graphic design work, graphic designers shed loads of energy and get exhausted. A fun way to overcome this is to perform a snack attack. Just open the fridge and make a sandwich out of whatever you find. Use your creativity to craft a unique sandwich. This is a fun exercise and a great way to revive your creative energy.

Shower Rain

4) Just chill with an icy shower:

To turn down the heat and exhaustion, a cool shower is always recommended. Graphic designing is a hefty work and can heat up our creative engines. Just switch off the monitor, fill your bath tub with ice cubes and rejuvenate yourself and get back to work.

Radio Music

5) Rock and Roll:

This has to be the most exciting way to bring back life to your work. Whenever you find yourself jumbled up on the top, grab your iPod or headphone and listen to some music. Listening to music while you work will help your mind relax and refresh your creative vigor.

Prank Time

6) Prank time:

Bored with the same old work? Try some funny pranks on your colleagues. It is always entertaining and lively. But don’t forget to stay within limits and don’t piss off the other guy. Pranks will help in liven up your creativeness when you think of a unique way to hoax someone.

YouTube TV

7) More of YouTube:

All we see on the TV nowadays is reruns and reruns. This bores us even more. Instead of watching nasty uncensored things, prefer YouTube. Just type “funny” in the search bar and enjoy a great laugh. After all laughter is the best medicine.


8) Turn on the nerd-mode with Google:

Sometimes, nerdy proves to be helpful and practically resourceful. When you are tired of working or seem to lack that creative spark, turn on the nerd-mode with Google. Simply type in “latest” and build up your database with new trends, fads and inspirational stuff.

Tape Trick

9) The Tape trick:

If nothing seems to work, go for this funny technique. Simply tape you eyelids wide open with scotch tape and stop your eyes from drooping in front of the monitor. :)


10) Doodle your boss:

This is an extremely fun but dangerous way of staying creative while exhausted. Enough free hand on the PC, now for some bossy sketch. Utilize your creative instincts and frustrations to draw a caricature of your boss.

Writting on paper

11) Make a funny will:

This is one of the craziest and funniest ways of creatively passing your boredom. Open WordPad or grab a pen and paper and start devising a funny will. Think of a list of hilarious things that you want done before you die. Sound scary but believe me you will love it. :)


12) Try limericks:

When all your creative energy depletes away, it is time to go Eminem style. Seriously, this is a very creative and humorous exercise to do. Start writing humorous limericks related to whatever you like. I would again suggest boss, it may help take out your frustrations. ;)

So what are you waiting for? Try out these crazy and creative ways and defeat your worst enemy, BOREDOM! Do let me know which exercise you liked the most.

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  1. dean graziosi On April 2nd, 2010 at 7:58 am

    These are truly wonderful fun and creative ways for graphic designers to get rid of the creative block.Some of these ways are really very funny for me and I will surely follow it.I like that ‘Prank time’ most.

  1. complete link building On April 2nd, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Doodling the boss can be useful for any field. I am doing it from my school days and It looks you are also one of those kids.

  1. Fitness Girl On April 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    LOL at 10) Doodle your boss:. :)

    I would really like to see the reaction of the boss when he sees this hahah. I think this would be my last day at work:))

    Great tips Charlie B. I don’t need any of this anymore, your post already maked my day brighter:]


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  1. matin On April 5th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    They’re all really cool but I think music suits me best;)

  1. iedge kaart On April 6th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Wow…These are an awesome way for all of us,As I an new in the graphic designer.I daily search the new things from them I can get more knowledge of it.Thanks for this session information.

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  1. Fred On April 7th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    What in the case i don’t have a chance to take a shower, or the is no shower around me. what will i do? pull down the rain?

  1. CAVLENT Brands Consultant On April 8th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    LOLs…!! how can you guys write this kind of article?? so creative you are. Nice to read… Lolz…

  1. Cheap Printing On April 10th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I usually go for snack attack and youtube, but maybe I’ll try prank time and boss-doodling. Great list, btw!

  1. Alec On April 11th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Excellent… I’m number 1. The best graphic design comes after 40 winks in the afternoon although it is normally rudely interrupted by number 5!

  1. ClipThis On April 13th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Turning up some good music always helps.

  1. graphic designer On April 13th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    actually it should be called 12 Creative Ways for all working audlts to Beat the Heat! LOL

  1. Rory On April 15th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Great tips for any hard working web designer. I’ll be hitting the Funny Will is a minute!

  1. Oscar On August 3rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I practice 2 and 5 except I drink red bull and listen to electronic music.

  1. Facebook Tag Pictures On December 28th, 2010 at 2:19 am

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