“I’ve got a block.” You’ve just heard this phrase from a friend complaining about not being able to write or create anything new. You know that feeling all too well, right? It happens to us all: you have an idea for something, but it just doesn’t come out as planned. The more time you spend trying to force creativity out of your brain, the worse it gets. When this happens, here’s how best to deal with a creative block:
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Walk Away; Don’t force creativity
You need to walk away from the project.
Creativity is a process, so sometimes, you need to take a break from it. When I feel like I’m hitting a wall, I leave my desk and do something else for a bit of while—play with my dog or watch an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Sometimes that’s all I need to get unstuck again and keep going with my work when I return.
Get a Change of Scenery
Go for a walk.
- A nice long stroll through the park or down the beach can help you clear your mind and reset your creativity. Get up, get out, and get moving!
Get coffee with a friend.
- It’s no secret that we are all more creative when we have our friends around us—whether they’re in person doesn’t make much of a difference. If you have an internet connection and access to a computer (or even just an iPad), find someone to chat with while drinking coffee at a local café—the caffeine will give you both an energy boost while sparking conversations that will keep things interesting until the end of your drink!
Socialize! Talk to people that inspire you.
Socialize! Talking to people who inspire you and talking to people who are already successful in your field is a great way to get an idea of what it takes and how you can achieve that success yourself. It’s also essential for maintaining motivation and keeping you from getting discouraged when times get tough.
Read Other People’s Blog Posts and Articles
When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Writers of all sorts have struggled with creative block and anxiety, and many have shared their wisdom on dealing with them. The best way is to read other people’s blogs and articles.
Reading other people’s work will help you gain inspiration for your own projects. You may even find they have similar struggles as you, which could help remind you that what you’re feeling isn’t uncommon—and it doesn’t mean that your work isn’t good enough!
Make Lists and Brainstorm
Some people are better at brainstorming than others, but we all have to do it. It’s not rocket science, and anyone can do it. The best way is to list things you want to achieve, then break down each goal into smaller tasks and prioritize them based on importance.
It’s essential to take some time off from your creative project(s) every now and then. If you’re not feeling inspired, don’t be afraid to take a step back and simplify things! You might be surprised at how much easier it is to look at something from another perspective.
Remember that there is no right or wrong way when dealing with creative block — if someone tells you otherwise (or tries telling themselves), remind yourself that this isn’t true! There’s no one right way for every person out there, so find what works best for YOU instead (but also remember that asking others for help isn’t necessarily a bad thing either).
Complete your routine tasks and daily chores
Complete your routine tasks and daily chores. Even if you’re not in the mood to do them, they are small things that can help you get through the day without feeling overwhelmed by more significant projects.
Instead of feeling frustrated when something doesn’t work out, focus on what did work and build on it.
Take another look at unfinished projects that you’ve already started
If you haven’t found inspiration from your current projects, it may be time to look back. You can do this by reviewing old work.
This method has two primary benefits: it’s a great way to find inspiration and allows you to spend time with your older ideas, which can help them develop better in the future.
If you don’t have unfinished projects, simply review an old one that no longer seems relevant or interesting. The project must be complete so that the review session won’t take up too much of your time (or energy). If it’s not finished yet but coming along well, then consider scheduling more time into your schedule for creating this work rather than just checking back occasionally as things progress—you might find that working on something long-term will be beneficial for all aspects of its creation—including creativity!
You don’t always have to be creating
Creativity is a skill, not a talent. It is not just about content creation— but also about problem-solving and seeing things in new ways. Creativity is about making connections between ideas and concepts. Deal with your creative block first before trying to make more content.
If you’re having trouble coming up with new content ideas or are struggling to finish your existing work, it may be time to step back from the task at hand for a few days. This gives your brain time to rest and recharge before diving back into the creative process with fresh eyes! The best way to do this? Take some time off from thinking about the project altogether.
Revisit your goals and break them down into more manageable bites
It is important to set goals for yourself and make a plan of action for achieving them. A goal without action is just that, an idea. It’s good to break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable chunks as this gives you something to strive towards, as well as something tangible you can work with when things get difficult (which they inevitably will).
If you’re finding yourself lacking motivation or struggling to deal with a creative block, it might be useful to take a step back from what you’re working on and look at the bigger picture: where are you? What have you achieved so far? How does this fit into your overall aims? These questions may seem obvious, but sometimes we get so caught up in our daily routine that we don’t realize how far we’ve come!
You can take a step back, keep it simple and find the motivation after you’ve taken a breather from creative work
Sometimes the best way to deal with creative block is simply to take a breather. In the words of one of my favorite bloggers, “If you’re feeling blocked, take a break. I know that it’s tempting just to keep pushing through and try to force out some content, but sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away from what you were working on for a day or two.” Whether you’re in the middle of writing an article or designing your next logo, taking time away from your work will help your brain recharge and let ideas flow freely again. Studies show that our brains actually need downtime—it’s absolutely essential for creativity!
Don’t force it.
Sometimes we’re so used to doing something that we don’t realize how much time has gone by until we see results or get feedback from our audience members telling us they like what they see (or not). As content creators who are constantly creating new things every single day (or week), sometimes it’s easy for us to forget where we left off and also why we started doing whatever task at all in the first place!
So if something isn’t working out as well as expected… don’t worry about trying harder; rather than forcing yourself into finishing something just because “it should work.” There will always be another opportunity later down the line; don’t get discouraged – just move along with confidence, knowing that everything happens in its own perfect timing!
Creativity is a journey, and you just need to deal with creative block at times. You may find yourself in a slump, or you may feel uninspired, but that’s not a reason to give up.
Creativity doesn’t always come easy; sometimes, you just need to take a break from creating content. Hopefully, if you follow these tips in dealing with creative block, your creative juices will start flowing again!