Happy New month lovelies and welcome to the 2nd quarter of 2019. On today’s post we’ll be talking about overcoming creative block; how to get motivated and how to stay motivated.
So, as a Blogger, Graphics Designer and Illustrator, I run into creative block most of the time and if you’ve been observant, I haven’t really been blogging much this year. In the month of March I lost the energy to blog if I’m being honest, it was as if I ran out of ideas and I felt stuck.
When you’re a Creator or your job is to constantly create, you will run into dead ends. Or what may seem like dead ends. Whether you have writer’s block or artist’s block or any other type of block, fear not because it is completely natural and it happens to the best of us.
One thing I’ve learned this period is that there’s definitely a solution to every problem. So here are 10 ways to overcoming creative block.
As always, I am not an expert, so if you do have anything to add to this please kindly leave a comment below so we can all learn together.
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TIP 1: REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
Knowing your “Why” always gives a sense of clarity and direction. Most times, we forget why we started in the first place and whenever this happens to me, I try my best to go back to where I wrote down my goals and what I want to achieve. It helps me remember why I started creating my illustrations and even writing in my blog.
My goal is to have a creative outlet that helps me to share my journey, to share my work with others and also to inspire someone on their own journey
And when I remember that goal that I have written down, I am instantly motivated to work on my blog or my illustrations.
TIP 2: GET INSPIRED BY OTHER PEOPLE’S CONTENT
You’d be surprised as to how an idea could spark up just by reading other people’s content. Sometimes someone might share a situation that is similar to yours and this might make you want to write about your own experience. So I’d suggest that you browse through your favorite blogs and read other people’s content.
Pinterest is also one of my favourite places to get inspired. It’s a whole world full of resources and I love to create boards to make refrence to later on. All you could do is simply search for keywords within your niche and look through what others have been writing about, you might just find the perfect idea for your next content. Finally, reflect on what you were able pick off from the contents you read and this will help you overcome a creative block.
TIP 3: WRITE DOWN ALL YOUR IDEAS
I’m a visual person and I love to see things up close, that’s just how my brain works best. Whatever comes to mind just write it down because the likelihood of you forgetting that idea is very great, if they are not written down, this is something I’ve experienced on different occasions.
Those little notes will help you to create especially whenever you can’t really think of an idea at the moment. You’d be surprised at the number of ideas you never even remembered you had when you look back on your notes. So just keep writing those ideas even though they seem a little bit silly or impossible at the moment, they might just be your next big break!!
TIP 4: ORGANIZE YOUR WORKSPACE
I can’t work well or even work if my workspace is a mess, my brain can’t process anything else until I clean up or organize my workspace. So I tidy up, I organize every writing or drawing tools and I put away what I don’t need.
Keep a journal that will also help you with getting organized, you can write down your daily, weekly and monthly goals in it. This way, you don’t lose track of what goals you hope to archive.
Also, if you work more with your mobile device, decluttering it will go a long way to keep you organized, by deleting unnecessary documents and pictures. This is something I’m really struggling with because I’m a hoarder of pictures!!
TIP 5: CHANGE YOUR WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Speaking of your workspace – Sometimes we get so used to a particular workspace and because of that we lose motivation. So occasionally, switching things up can boost your productivity and help you feel unstuck.
If you work from home just like I do, you can decide to work from a different part of your home, maybe from your bedroom to your living room or even your balcony. Just try somewhere different from your regular workspace.
Going out once in a while, like to little cafe shop or restaurants can also be a great way to switch things up. And you’d be surprised as to how your environment can spark some new ideas.
TIP 6: TAKE A BREAK
Taking a break doesn’t classify you as lazy, sometimes we all need a mental break from things so we can get energized and refreshed. You can’t expect things to be different if you’re mental batteries are low, take a step back to see things from a different perspective.
Sometimes we’re hard on ourselves and we try to push through even though we know we need a little break from things. I can say for one that I’m a victim of this and these days (even though it’s hard), so I try my best to realize when it’s time to take a break.
I suggest that you watch a movie, call a friend to hang out, stay off social media if possible and just have some alone time away from work and creating content.
TIP 7: TRY A DIFFERENT ROUTINE
Change is constant and coming up with a different routine can help you get out of a creative-funk. Some of us, like myself, prefer to do certain things exactly the same way we’ve been doing them. But one thing I’ve learnt this period is that creativity is enhanced by our ability to see things from different perspectives and not just being in the same loop.
So shake things up, try out a different daily routine or different work style routine, even though it might be uncomfortable, it might just be the change you need.
TIP 8: ASK YOUR READERS OR AUDIENCE WHAT THEY WANT
We all love to have a sense of direction, what better way to get one than to ask the people you are creating for what to actually want/need. You get to see how they think and you get to understand them a little bit better.
Get to know your audience and ask them what they need help with. Sometimes the only way to find out is to simply ask. You can carry out a survey for this purpose.
PS: You can leave in the comment below what you want me to help you with or what you’d love to see more of on the blog. It will mean a lot to me!!!
TIP 9: JUST START
The first time usually doesn’t go as we’ve hoped but all you have to do is just START. This is something I personally struggle with because I try to overthink things and come up with different reasons as to why I feel I’m not ready enough to start on a particular idea of mine.
This mindset is a terrible one to have and I’m trying to my best to let go of it and this brings me to my final tip
TIP 10: HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF
If you don’t believe in yourself then how do you expect others to do the same? Well, personally I know this comes with time and it’s something I’m definitely still learning to do(believing in myself). If you want to get your creative juices flowing, then you have to start having faith and believing in yourself, your dreams and your ideas.
Believe that you are good at what you do and what I like to do to motivate myself is to look back on some of my previous work because we hardly realize how far we’ve come until we look back to see our growth.
So continually do what you love and eventually, people will pick on that. Just have faith that everything will work out the way you’ve envisioned it to.
Creative blocks are the worst. Trust me, I know what it’s like. But don’t give up! Eventually, you’ll get your mojo and inspiration will come back, and you’ll be stronger than ever!
These are my 10 tips on how to overcome creative block and it’s time for us to put them into practice. I hope I was able to help you overcome your creative block.
Let me know which method you love! What do you personally do when you hit a creative block? What helps you find inspiration? Leave a comment below, you might just be helping someone else.😊
Till next time
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