Being a creative person you’re constantly challenged to think on your feet, come up with new, exciting ideas, and here’s the kicker … be able to deliver them polished within a week. It’s not easy and it’s always a challenge. When that challenge doesn’t go so well or you just have a case of the Monday’s, it’s important to remember that just like your computer you need to refresh, update, and/or restart your thinking machine.
Let’s start with acknowledging the obvious like, listening to music, going for a walk, or taking a nap, etc. Now that we’ve gotten those out of the way, let’s remember why being a creative is so fun … because it is just that FUN! You should be finding ways to have fun like playing a game, watching your favorite movie, call your wittiest friend and take a break from your desk!
Here are 5 ways to find the positives in creative block:
1. Routines can kill your creativity so change your scenery. Go to a coffee shop or sit outside.
PROS: It helps you feel social without having to be “social” and you get out of that dungeon you’ve been stuck in trying to work miracles.
2. Check out other creatives work. (no not for copying, for inspiration) Your creative community is so important because it’s people just like you who are sharing their best work. Sometimes taking a critical perspective will help you find your starting point.
PROS: It feeds your innate competitive spirit while giving you the chance to participate in your creative community.
3. Get out of that chair and move! Go to the gym. Chances are you sit all day long for up to 14 hours a day.
PROS: You’re going to the gym so need I say more. Best thing you can do is dedicate that time to being healthy and focused; it will repay you.
4. Hang out with that witty friend I mentioned and be social. Laughter is so important!
PROS: Gives you a reason to be social and catch up with friends. Also there’s a science behind it ... endorphins and such... that actually put you in a better mood, more prepared for rediscovering the fun in creativity.
5. Embrace the weird and find your release. What works for some may not work for others. If you’re idea of fun is playing ping pong (don’t judge) then go play some table tennis. If doodling strange caricatures is your thing then start a collection. If cooking is relaxing to you, then challenge yourself to make a great meal with a beautiful presentation.
PROS: You’re finding what works for you, you’re recharging your batteries. Find something that allows you to still be productive despite your unplanned downtime.
If you haven’t figured out just yet, I’m a pretty optimistic person. Eventhough creative blocks can be quite frustrating at times, I know it’s just my brain telling me I need a break. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Truthfully it won’t help you be more creative, in fact it will make you less efficient all together. Change your scenery, get inspired, dance around, laugh and rediscover the fun!