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Everyone suffers from job burnout at some point in their career – no matter how much they love their job. But what can you do to get back on track? Related: Dos And Don’ts To Taking A ‘Working Vacation’ Take a vacation. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Courtesy of hilariousgifs.com But know this: eight out of 10 employees are stressed out due to a work-related issue. Not only that, but not dealing with this stress can increase your risk of stroke, heart problems, and depression. So, if you’re suffering from burnout, please allow yourself to take a breather – Not only do you deserve it, but you NEED it.

Introducing The ‘Half Day Vaca’

Even if you don’t have a lot of vacation time saved up, you can still take a mini vacation to refresh. I call it the ‘Half Day Vaca’ – and it’s friggin’ awesome. This will be you when you finally take your half day: Courtesy of Mashable.com If you’re starting to feel a burnout coming on, whether it’s in your job, job search, or personal life, it’s best to catch it before you feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Here are a few easy (and fun!) ways to take a vacation – without actually taking a vacation:

Take A Cruise

Grab a few friends and take a harbor cruise! Hang out on the deck with a drink and a view. Or, try something new – go on a whale watch, lobster cruise, or deep sea fishing.

Visit A Nearby City

Sometimes, all you need is a little change of scenery. Take the day to explore a new city or town. Grab lunch with a friend or go see a show. Be a tourist!

Host A Backyard Olympics Event

Find a bunch of buddies, get out the grill, and host a backyard Olympics! Set up games like Polish Horseshoes, Ladder Ball, and Cornhole. Guaranteed to get your mind off work.

Get Your Hair ‘Did’

When you look good, you feel good, as they say. Something as simple as a blowout or a trim can really make you feel awesome. Or, go for a haircut or try a new hairstyle – Changing things up might be just what you need!

Hit The Beach

Maybe all you need is some good ol’ fashion Vitamin D. Grab a towel, sunblock, and your favorite book to take a quick escape from reality.

Get A Mani/Pedi

It's amazing how big of a difference little things can make. Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure some day this week – you’ll look cute and feel great.

Get A Massage

Loosen up! If you sit at a desk all day, chances are your back could use a little massage. If you wear heels at the office, think about getting a quick foot massage.

Go Kayaking

Kayaking is one of the most relaxing activities out there, in my opinion. I mean, what’s better than carelessly paddling along, while soaking in some rays and exploring a local pond? Don’t have your own kayak? Many places will rent them out to day trippers.

Have A Movie/Show Marathon

Some days, all you want to do is hang out on the couch, in your PJs, with a bag of potato chips and a beer. There's nothing wrong with that! If that's what you need to do in order to unwind and relax, go for it - and don't feel guilty about it. This is YOUR time to chill, do what you need to do! TIP: None of these ideas working for you? Check out coupon sites like Groupon or Living Social for great deals on cool adventures like parasailing, wine tastings, local tours, and more! They always have something to offer – and there is always something cool to try! So, go out and take some time to recharge. When you get back to work, you'll be all like: Courtesy of Mashable.com So, how do you spend your half day vacas? Please share! -A

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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.

All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.