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MailerLite Creative Days! 12 ideas that’ll make the most of them

10 min read · Oct 26, 2023

In a world buzzing with constant connectivity and demands, it's crucial to take a step back and reconnect with your creative spirit. MailerLite Creative Days are the perfect opportunity. So what is it?

One day every quarter, we encourage everyone on the team to switch off their screens, and indulge in a day of self-discovery and inspirational activities.

Here are 12 ideas to help you make the most of your next Creative Day.

1. Physical adventures

Engage in physical activities that challenge you. From rock climbing to dancing, pushing your physical boundaries can unlock mental creativity too.

Sabina Customer Support Shift Lead at mailerlite free diving
For my Creative day, I faced my fears by taking free diving course at Nusa Lembongan Island. Even though depth intimidates me, shallow living is not my thing - what on the other hand stretching my comfort zone is and Creative day is both a perfect opportunity and excuse to do so!
- Sabina, Customer Support Shift Lead

2. Nature immersion

Disconnect from the digital world and immerse yourself in nature. Take a hike, have a picnic, or simply breathe in the fresh air while rejuvenating your mind and senses.

Cristina, Legal Counsel at MailerLite kayaking
I’ve spent my Creative Day kayaking at 'Las Hoces del Rio Duraton,' a natural park in Spain. It offered a refreshing break from city life, allowing me to reconnect with nature. After hours of kayaking and admiring the beauty of the landscape, I could feel my energy levels recharged!
- Cristina, Legal Counsel at MailerLite

3. Artistic exploration

Unleash your inner artist. Try your hand at painting, drawing, sculpting, pottery, or any other art form that piques your interest. No judgments or experience is needed, just let the creativity flow.

Veronika, SEO and content specialist at MailerLite painting
I spent my Creative Day painting. It was only my third time ever painting with oil and I it helped me relax, recharge my energy levels and develop a new hobby. Now every time I need to reset my creative thinking, I know there is a brush waiting for me on my paints box
- Veronika, SEO & Content manager at MailerLite

4. Culinary adventure

Experiment with cooking or baking a new recipe. Channel your inner chef, and treat yourself to a delicious homemade meal at the end of your culinary journey. Don’t forget to share your special meal with the rest of the team via the #foodies Slack channel.

Jess, Customer Education Lead at MailerLite cooking
During my trip to Oaxaca, I took a cooking class to learn the art of making traditional Mexican dishes. Believe it or not, I'm not a big fan of cooking, but I've realized that fully immersing myself in the process can be strangely meditative and incredibly rewarding.
- Jess, Customer Education Lead at MailerLite

5. Learn something new

Sign up for an online course or tutorial that teaches you a skill you've always wanted to acquire, like photography, playing a musical instrument, or learning a new language. Your next creative day can be the perfect time to start a new habit.

Deividas, Data Specialist at MailerLite working with a satellite orbiting Mars
A friend, who specializes in Planetary Science and works with a satellite orbiting Mars, offered to show me what he is currently researching and how he does data collection and analysis. He even let me help him with his research, and we planned one satellite route together. It was an inspirational and fascinating creative day.
- Deividas, Data Specialist

6. DIY and craft day

Get hands-on with DIY projects or crafts. Whether it's knitting, woodworking, or building something from scratch, the process can be both therapeutic and rewarding.

Erin, Content Writer at MailerLite crocheting
I used my creative day to learn a new skill! With a borrowed hook and a booklet of tutorials I was able to totally unplug and crochet a few sea animals.
- Erin, Content Writer at MailerLite

7. Music and melodies

Immerse yourself in music. Whether you're creating a playlist, trying out a new instrument, or attending a live performance, music has the power to ignite inspiration.

Andrej, Technical Support Team Leader at mailerlite testing his album
I spent my first Creative Day on my musical passion, my record label called Amulet of Tears. After receiving the freshly pressed vinyl of a new record, I gave each of them a test-listen to make sure it sounds perfect. After that, I carefully packed the precious goods into my hand-made boxes and shipped them to countries all around the world! Bon voyage! What a joy to be able to find and share the music that you cherish with everyone! You can follow Amulet of Tears on SoundCloud, Facebook and Instagram in case you’re interested in ambient and experimental music.
- Andrej, Technical Support Team Leader

8. Tech detox day

Completely disconnect from screens for the day. Instead, opt for reading physical books, engaging in face-to-face conversations, or simply daydreaming.
Research shows that simply staying  silent without distractions for a couple of minutes will start creativity flowing and ideas coming your way. In a world where technology stimulus is constant, practicing silence is the perfect way to reconnect with your creative thinking.

Silvestras, Customer Support Shift Lead at mailerlite playing chess
Chess is a canvas for players to use their imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills, resulting in beautiful and artistic games. It’s one of my hobbies and a perfect way to rest from the screen.
- Silvestras, Customer Support Shift Lead

9. Mindfulness and meditation

Embrace tranquility through meditation and mindfulness exercises. A calm mind often leads to fresh and innovative ideas.

Milda Kulikauskaitė, People Operations Manager at MailerLite enjoying bali's silent retreat
I used my Creative Day to go to Bali Silent Retreat. Surrounded by mountains, jungle, rivers and rice fields it's a super tranquil oasis to disconnect from day to day worries and reconnect with oneself and nature. No talking & No screens policies supported my desire to disconnect and I ended getting all the deep rest and recharge that I so craved for.
- Milda Kulikauskaitė, People Operations Manager at MailerLite

10. Spa and self-care

Indulge in a day of relaxation and self-care. Treat yourself to a spa day, practice yoga, or take a long, luxurious bath.

Set aside time to reflect on your dreams and aspirations. Journal about your goals, visualize your future, and chart a creative path to achieving them.

Rimante, Senior Technical Support Manager at mailerlite enjoying sunny day in the beach
It can be easy to feel a bit stuck in our busy daily routines and the creative day is a perfect solution to get out of a rut! It was a beautiful sunny and snowy day so I started it by going to the beach for a short run and later did a full reflection of the past year and goals journaling exercise to set my intentions for the next. I felt so inspired and excited for the future ahead at the end of this creative day.
- Rimante, Senior Technical Support Manager

11. Garden therapy

If you have a green thumb, spend time gardening. Connecting with nature and nurturing plants can be a peaceful and creatively stimulating experience. Some cities even have community gardens where you can attend, learn and volunteer while you connect with nature.

Brigita, Support Operations Manager at mailerlite taking care of her nature corner
On my creative day I dove into the corner of nature of my own balcony. I refreshed my plants with new pots and soil, planted avocado, and transferred other babies to their new homes. I especially loved organizing the gazzilious family of my succulents, so now they can party in one pot. I arranged them with the pebbles and shells collected on the trips to the sea and mountains. I felt so grounded connecting with the nature and losing myself in time while I was creating this little piece of “art”.
- Brigita, Support Operations Manager

12. Explore your city

Become a tourist in your own city. Visit museums, parks, or neighborhoods you've never explored before, and gain a new perspective on the place you call home. You can attend events, get to know more locals, or support your community by volunteering for a cause close to your heart. Helping others can bring a sense of fulfillment and inspire your creative thinking.

Marta, Customer Support at MailerLite exploring amsterdam
I used my creative day to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam. It was a perfect plan, surrounded by friends in a new city that really surprised us. We went along the river by boat on a sunny day, visited the museums and did a free tour. These are experiences that fill your heart and memories that you will never forget.
- Marta, Customer Support at MailerLite

Unlock your creativity with MailerLite: Inspire, create, and share!

MailerLite's Creative Day is a great opportunity to recharge your batteries, embrace new experiences, and nurture your passions. These 12 ideas are just the beginning—the key is to tailor your day to what resonates most with you.

A well-nurtured creative spirit benefits not only you, but also the work you do when you return refreshed and inspired. We encourage team members to share their experience and ideas with others, post how the creative day went and inspire others in #mailergroup-stories Slack channel.