Here’s a truth bomb for you: It takes me awhile and sometimes several attempts to write a post that I am actually satisfied with. Not only that, it takes me several hours to write the post. There have been very few occasions where I have written a post in an hour.
Honestly, life happens and more often than not, it can get in the way of your creative streak. Even with the different types of posts to write and the different ideas I have; sometimes the words don’t come out or they don’t come out right. Sometimes I just don’t feel like it.
Now and again, I’ll get that creativity block.
It’s the worst feeling in the world for a creative because you’re trying so hard and you want whatever you’re making to be amazing. But there will be those weird, crazy, can’t be explained moments when you’re going to get stuck and you won’t know why. You can’t force creativity. It’s like trying to force a square peg into a round hole. When you’re getting paid to do it; when you have a deadline, it can be even more stressful and difficult.
Creativity doesn’t like to have stress, pressure, rules or deadlines. Neither does it normally do well under those kind of circumstances.
It prefers the freedom and flexibility.
It wants inspiration.
Some people say they work better under pressure. I say it depends.
If you have been experiencing a creativity block more often than you’d like to, here are 7 ways to bust through them. Now imagine yourself karate chopping that cinder block single-handedly or using a sledgehammer.
Satisfying, isn’t it?
1. Write Out Your Thoughts By Hand
The majority of this post was actually handwritten first. It was my second attempt to write a post on this topic. The first attempt was about a month ago. I started a draft on my laptop and it was going absolutely nowhere. So I left it alone and wrote about other things. But for some reason late Saturday night, after a long Netflix binge of Quantico, I decided to start writing in my notebook. It was like a waterfall of words just rushing out and splashing onto the paper.
2. Change Of Scenery
I’m not bothered at all by the solitude I experience when I work from home. I really enjoy it. I’m an introvert, remember? I’m more bothered by the seeing the same scenery over and over again. I have the luxury (or burden, depending on how you look at it) of living in a house, so I will work in a different area of the house from time to time; instead of the home office. Sometimes I find just sitting in a different position at the same table helps because it enables you to change the perspective.
If you’re more of a coffee shop person, try going to a different coffee shop. Or if you want to get super frugal, you can always try the library. Bring your own coffee and snacks. Research co-working spaces in your area. Bribe your 9-to-5 friends into using their home and reward them with dinner and/or drinks after a long day at the office (I should look into trying this myself one day).
3. Change Up Your Routine
Go to the coffee shop during a different day and/or time than you usually go. Disrupt your regular routine. Go to the gym, THEN go to the coffee shop. Or go run some errands, then the gym and THEN go do some work if your schedule permits.
4. Try Something Else That Is Creative
I’ll sometimes doodle in my notebook. Other times, I take photos or try to style photos that I can use for the blog or my Instagram feed. If I want to pass the time doing something, but I find I can’t get into a productivity groove, I’ll colour in my adult colouring book. It has swear words and the same sarcastic humour as me. I find it to be very fun and therapeutic.
5. Fulfill Your Offline Interaction Quota
Schedule a coffee date with a friend – business or non-business. Reach out to somebody new for a coffee. Join a Meetup or Mastermind Group.
6. Go For a Drive
Not the most environmentally friendly choice out of the ones listed but maybe it will spur a new idea or help you sort through a particular problem. If you don’t have a car and/or don’t want to use gas, take public transit. Take a different route. Get lost for awhile and let your thoughts find you on the way.
7. Take An Offline Course Or Workshop
I say offline because we already spend way too much time behind the screen and really should get out more. At least this way, you’re also learning something new. It doesn’t necessarily have to be related to your business. Why not enroll in that sushi making class you always wanted to take? Or that boxing class? (Maybe that’s just me). The options are endless. This also ties back to points 2, 3, 4 and 5.
What are some of your strategies for busting through your own creativity block? Let me know in the comments!