As creators in a world full of endless innovations, ideas, designs, music and more, it isn’t always easy to stay fluent in your own creative process. Creative blocks are extremely common for people and in all types of different fields. Setting a good foundation of tools to help you get out of a creative rut will serve as the necessary kick-start to get those creative juices flowing again. Here are just 3 out of the many useful (but simple!) hacks to help get you started.
Give yourself a break
Physically and mentally just give yourself a break. People tend to overwork and overthink, which leads to them not giving their bodies and brains the chance to relax from what they’ve been focused on. If you start to feel like you’re stuck, walk away for a bit and give your attention to something else. For example, eat a snack, watch an episode of your favorite TV show or read a book. After that time away, you can look at your project with fresh eyes. Maybe you’ll decide you want to scrap the whole thing and start from scratch, and that’s OK! Get the clarity you deserve by taking a break and coming back to it when you’re refreshed and ready.
Experience something new
All too often we get into a daily routine, which can be great. It helps to keep our schedules organized and lets us practice good habits. On the other hand, it can start to feel unexciting and lead to sense of complacency. Switch up your routine a little when you can. The more experiences you have, especially new ones, the broader your create capacity will be. For example, try making a bucket list of things you’ve never done, foods you’ve never eaten and music you haven’t listened to, then check them off as you go. Store them for later use. Good or bad, small or large, those changes in experience can spark some much needed inspiration when you’ve hit a creative bump in the road.
Forcing yourself to be creative sets unnecessary expectations, which if unfulfilled, can set you further back in the blockage. Don’t let your worries lead you down a road that focuses on all the negatives, like the things you didn’t accomplish creatively. Try focusing on the things you have done well. It could be as small as doing the dishes that day. The key is to climb back up the creative ladder using positive thoughts, even if they are not related to the work you’re doing. Eventually they twill trickle up into your creative endeavor.
Creative blocks happen to the best of us. It’s important to give yourself a break, gain some new experiences, and kick those worries to the curb so you can get back to creating what you love.