9 Ways to beat Creative Block
Creative block hits all of us, normally at the worst possible times, when the deadlines are looming and clients are waiting for their designs. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut, going round in circles trying to force out some creativity when its just not coming. This generally just makes things worse and we end up creating work we’re not really proud of.
Here are my top tips for trying to break out of a creative block, and get back to enjoying what we do.
Take a coffee break
Sometimes its as simple as stepping away form the screen for 10 minutes. Head to the kitchen and make yourself a coffee (/tea or whatever your choice of drink happens to be) and take a little break while you enjoy your drink. You may see everything completely differently when you get back to your desk, even after just a short break away from it.
Sit in the garden
If the coffee doesn’t quite cut it, try spending a bit of time outside. Whether thats as a break form the work itself, or if you take your laptop/sketchbook with you, a change of scenery and the peace and quiet of outdoor space can make a world of difference.
Go for a walk
Carrying on with the “getting outdoors” idea, try taking a walk in the middle of your day. I don’t do this enough but it always works for me and I always come back raring to go with lots of new ideas. Whether you listen to music as you walk or just enjoy the scenery, a walk is always a good fix for a creative block. Plus, as an added bonus you’re getting some exercise in your work day, which we all know can be easy to forget when you work from home!
Read a book
Again this is something I don’t do enough of. Books are full of inspiration for creative work, and they’re a great escape from the work day. Maybe try scheduling in a reading break in the middle of your day, and pick something that inspires you (for me, that’s fairytales and folklore)
Do the housework
Ok I know this one is particularly appealing, but I always find I struggle more to get in to my creative work when there’s a to-do list hanging over my head of chores around the house. Stepping away form my desk and getting those jobs done can be a great weight off my shoulders, and doubles up as a break from the screen, giving me a chance to come up with some fresh ideas.
Switch up your routine
If you’re regularly finding yourself with creative block, usually at the same time of the day, then it might be time to switch up your routine. If you tend to stick to the 9-5 routine, trying working earlier in the day and stopping in the afternoon, or break your day up in to several chunks and work later in to the evening, whatever works best for you. One of the big benefits of working form home is not having to stick to those traditional routines, yet we tend to think we need to anyway, even if they’re not working for us. Experiment a little bit and find the routine that works best for you. And even then, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the same one all the time!
Chat to other creatives / collaborate
The internet (and social media in particular) can be a wonderful place. I’ve made some great friends through my online presence, most of them fellow creatives. It can be really refreshing to chat through some ideas with someone who gets it, and to hear what others are struggling with too. Better yet, try collaborating with someone on a new project. Working together is bound to give you plenty of new ideas and make a change form your usual routine.
This is definitely something I need to do for myself too, so if anyone is interested in a collaboration, say hi!
Get some sleep
Sometimes creative block really can take over, and there’s no getting back in to the swing of things that day. On those occasions its best to accept it and cal it a day. A night’s sleep can make a world of difference, and you may even gain some new inspiration form your dreams!
A little extreme this one, and not always possible, but if a creative block is lasting a long time, a proper break may be the only thing for it. A holiday, or even just a night away to a new place is always a great source of inspiration. Whenever I go away I make sure to take plenty of photos of everything I see, and come back with lots of new ideas inspired by what I’ve seen.
How do you fix your creative block? I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have so leave me a note in the comments!