Most artists, be it writers, designers, or even entrepreneurs, face creative or mental blocks at some time or the other. How the artist works through such a creative block determines his or her success. Here are five tips to get you out of creativity blocks and get going again.
1. Clear the mind
When there are too many commitments to fulfil, when there are many ideas, or when the artist is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incoming demands, the brain feels paralysed, and a mental block sets in. Clearing the mind, just as one reboots a system, is the way to go. Very often, creative blocks happen when there is too much thinking, and the brain is “overheated”. It is a good idea to step back, and take stock of the situation. Pause and think clearly, create a to-do list, and assign realistic timelines. Review the priorities, identify the pain points, and infuse order into the mess. If there are too many commitments, it may be time to say “no.” It may also be worthwhile to prioritise and relegate some tasks to the backburner. Finding a method out of the madness can help to overcome the mental block.
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2. Take a break
Mental blocks can also come from working too much. Very often, artists get trapped in their own familiar way, and fail to see other options. In all these cases, taking a break to refresh oneself can work wonders. Much of creative work requires staring at the computer screen for long hours. Breaking the routine is the quickest and most effective way to break from the rigmarole and activate new parts of the brain. Taking a break can be as simple as walking around the neighbourhood, going jogging or doing some other exercise, taking a vacation, reading a good book, or anything to get the mind off the tasks on hand. It could also mean simply getting enough sleep.
3. Keep a Journal
Creative block is essentially a thinking rut, or a stuck thought pattern. Jotting down the stream of consciousness helps to get thoughts out of the head and onto paper, clearing the mind for the task on hand. “Journalising” need not be literary exercise. Simply writing down the words or phrase that come to the mind should be enough to develop the idea further at a later stage. Over-thinking may defeat the very purpose.
4. Stick to a Routine
At times, having too much on one’s head, or endless possibilities, can be overwhelming, and ultimately result in a mental block. Setting the rules, establishing a routine, and sticking to it help to overcome such blocks. A routine makes it easy to push through the mental resistance one encounters, when one is confused as to what to do next. It makes applying willpower easier. There are no hard and fast rules as to how to set a routine, but establishing fixed working hours, fixing specific times for answering emails or browsing the social media, and the like helps. Waiting for the right inspiration to get started works mostly for amateurs. Professional creativity is rather cultivated. Looking for an infusion of creativity? Creative Ideaz can help. Call us at 0845 094 2153 or visit www.creativeideaz.co.uk.