You’ve come to a stall. Your mind is blank. You have zero ideas left and you can’t even keep your mind focused on the task at hand. Sound familiar? You’re suffering from the dreaded creative block. No one can be inspired 24/7 and when tight deadlines are paired with stacks of projects, creative block can be detrimental to your productivity. Until scientists discover a cure, try the following tricks to overcome this setback naturally.
Take a Walk Outside
Maybe it’s the fresh air, or maybe it’s about getting your blood flowing. Taking a walk outside is a welcome disruption and refreshing break from your assignment. Exercise is known to stimulate the brain, excite the nervous system and give you a rush of endorphins. With a little bit of upbeat music, you might even run into a little bit of inspiration. If you’re pressed for time, try a simple yoga sequence of 2-3 moves for a tiny brain buzz.
Write Down Each and Every Idea
“Brain dump” all of the ideas in your mind onto one sheet of paper. Even if you think it’s a bad idea, write it down. Seeing the physical product may give you a completely different view of the piece or inspire another vision. If it’s writer’s block you’re struggling with, it’s helpful to write your ideas in outline form before you fill in the missing spaces with the in-betweens.
Get a Second Look
Have someone else take a look at what you’ve worked on so far. Ask for constructive feedback or ask them to talk you through how they interpret your work. But don’t just look to people on your team. Find someone willing from another department or even a friend or family member. Often a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective is just what you need for an idea to take off.
Play a Game, a TV Show or a Song
Creative block may occur because you’re bored, you’re sad or you’re tired. Sometimes solving it is as easy as taking a few minutes to distract yourself from the task at hand. Playing a short game on your phone may wake up a part of your brain that was snoozing. Especially if the creative block is frustrating you, watch a clip from a comedy show to release happy endorphins that will turn your mood around.
Switch Your Mediums
Can’t seem to bang out the last few words on your laptop? Switch over to pen and pencil instead. Sometimes the change in medium seems to activate different parts of the brain! The same goes for design. When digital creation just isn’t cutting it, break out the paints.
What was the last tip you used to break through your creative block?
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