We all know the feeling. Those days where you just don’t have it. That creative energy, the motivation to create something from scratch or build upon what you already have. The passion to create something fresh, something that breaks boundaries and which you can point at and proudly announce “This is what gets me up each morning! This is what I do”. Sometimes we just feel flat, bored, disinterested, and lazy. However, as most creative professionals know, this does pass – eventually.
Eventually and sometimes too late, because imagine this scenario – you have a deadline, a looming, impending deadline of doom, and you’re stuck. You can’t think, you can’t create, you have writer’s block, designers block – whatever you choose to call it is irrelevant because it’s effectively the same thing. So what can you do to rejuvenate your mind and get back to being productive?
Find yourself a creative outlet.
Everybody could benefit from one, and I mean everybody. Especially you. As a creative person, engaging your mind and getting those creative vibes flowing is incredibly important. It keeps your mind fresh and open to new ideas, and helps you to engage and reengage with your work. A creative outlet can be anything that allows you to stray from your project to rejuvenate your thinking and express your inner, creative self; it’s also a great way to refocus on the task at hand. Your outlet can be anything, a notebook to scribble in when you’re stuck for ideas, or a blog, one that is perhaps personal and separate to what you create professionally, as a place to share your ideas and opinions on topics that interest you. Whatever creative outlet you choose, don’t limit yourself. Draw, write, scribble, take photos, all of it will be helpful to you.
Restructure the way you are working.
If you are stuck on an element of your project, move on to the next stage and start working on that. You can always come back to the part you skipped over later. By refocusing your energy on a different task, you’re more likely to get that creative flow back, allowing you to be more productive and get the job done!
Have a book on you.
Seriously, it’ll help. Well, staring at it might not, but reading it will help inspire you a lot more than staring blankly at a screen or the wallpaper will. Sometimes your mind can feel a bit cloudy when it’s only your voice in it so naturally the ideas and thoughts of someone else might help get your creativity flowing. Creativity is as the creative do, so read! It’ll help with your ideas.
Draw to visualize.
Sometimes bringing an idea to life mean you have to literally draw it. Taking it out of your head and placing it down on paper in the form of a sketch can be one of the most effective ways to create and complete what you are working on. If you’re having trouble working out how an idea might work in your head, drawing it can help you understand how it’ll work in the bigger picture whilst giving you an idea of how it all might come together.
Creative slumps are common, but they don’t have to stick around. The creative block you might be feeling can generally be attributed to a state of mind. By refocusing your energy and trying out a few creative tactics, you can quite easily overcome any creative problem you encounter whilst working on your project.