1. Brainstorm/Sketch - Take the time to sit down and play with new ideas. Grab that sketchbook and let your pencil take flight... you may be surprised where it takes you. The most important thing is to just draw and let the creative juices flow. These sketches could lead to a new portfolio piece or may spark an idea for your next promotional mailer.
2. Organize Your Studio - It's something that we all like to put off, but an organized studio creates a happier artist. Set a goal for yourself to place all of your important items within reach. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to find whatever you are looking for in 60 seconds or less. Sound challenging? It can be, but really worth the effort. Be strict with yourself... discard items you aren't using (recycle, donate, sell) and organize the rest. And while you are in the midst of this cleaning frenzy, attack your computer as well. Time to do a backup and clean up that desktop. Archive old files and pictures, and catalogue the rest.
3. Touch Base With Clients - you know the old saying, out of sight, out of mind. Take the time to tell your clients that you enjoy working with them. Mail out a personal note and thank them for their business.
4. Spread Your Wings - Think about your goals for the coming months. Is there something you have wanted to add to your creative roster of services? Now is the time to try a new medium or learn a new skill by taking a class. There are plenty of great online courses that you can take from the comfort of home.
5. Take a Breather - I know, it isn't easy to just sit back and relax. And now may not be the time to book that tropical getaway that you have been dreaming of, but taking a break from work doesn't mean you are lazy or need to be expensive. Make plans to meet a friend for coffee or lunch, go to the library and relax with a book, visit a local museum or gallery or just get out for a walk.
Whatever you choose to do remember - the work will be pouring back in before you know it. Take a deep breath and enjoy this quiet time while you can... a bit of down-time is good for the creative soul. =)