You know how to be creative. It’s with you all the time. You are constantly developing, collecting and reimagining ideas. When you need to be ultra creative, you delve into the depths of your existence and extract something magical. Some people must do this multiple times a day, every workday. Oftentimes they are flying high, creating solid and exceptional content that makes their employer, clients and customers happy — until they land in an abyss of nothingness.
You know what I’m talking about. That dreadful time when no creative ideas are in sight; or when you rapidly pooh-pooh any idea you have as blasé. The more you try to force something, the more difficult it becomes to create anything…even something that is just “okay.” Under this stress, the clock becomes your enemy. Frustration and fear flow through your veins.
Many of you know about writer’s block, well, creator’s block is the same struggle. When this happens, stop everything and do things that help you…
Break Through a Blockade and Access Your Creativity
No matter where you are you can exercise. Yes, you can even do calisthenics at your desk. Don’t make an ordeal of physical activity. Just keep it simple and exercise. Ideally, you need to increase your oxygen intake, blood flow and let your endorphins kick in.
Some people are better off with strenuous exercise, while others are fine with a light workout. You have to know what works for you. Do what allows you to ignore your creative struggle and focus on the physical activity (or something else positive). If you are outside, appreciate nature. In a gym, enjoy the eye candy. At your desk, listen to music while counting your squats and biceps dips.
Making a creativity board heightens your awareness and stimulates creativity. If you are primarily creating in a digital world, sometimes it’s best to step away from electronics and make a creativity board by hand. Flip through magazines and cut and paste photos on a board.
However making a creativity board on a digital platform is effective too. Search through photos, videos, and a variety of websites that your end users frequent. Grab anything interesting and unusual, plus include popular images or sayings used by your customers. You may create a simple or cluttered collage. Then, relax and think about a story that your collage represents.
Journaling about what you would like to create can help lessen the stress of your struggle. You can write about what you have done successfully in the past, the successful things people are doing now, and (in a dream world) what you would like to create—include what would be your “best case” creations and “just okay” creations. By writing through your challenge you expedite your return to creative confidence.
CONVENE WITH OTHER CREATIVE PEOPLE
Do not spend time complaining about your creative challenge. Connect with other creatives and chat about what they are presently working on. Further, ask them to share some of the kookiest things they have seen or heard lately. Enjoy being privy to their creative space.
DO SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT
Take a break away from what you can’t do and immerse yourself in something else that you can do—like reading or watching something, replying to emails, returning phone calls, researching information for another project, or meditating in a quiet place. Sometimes you have to do a variety of things before your creative juices begin to flow again.
Regardless of how you ignite your creativity, always embrace and nurture your creative abilities. Accepting that a creative block is just a challenge to overcome, enables you to find ways that spark your creative brilliance. Finally, remain confident that you will work through it … because you always do.
Wishing you happiness.
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