Creator’s block is a condition when artists get stuck when doing their work. It typically happens when there is no inspiration all around, and any kind of ideas just look terribly dumb. This makes their creation so ugly, that it is merely deserved to be thrown in a dustbin.
Depression of the project’s deadline that is coming closer may trigger the creator’s block. On the other hand, clients are carefree with it, they demand creative workers always to have new ideas within a tight schedule. Clients may think that every artist is talented and has a fresh creative notion every second, but that is not true because creativity has a limit too.
In this article, you will see how to overcome such issues so that hopefully you can remain productive:
1. Walk around
Stand up, step aside from your desk, and walk around. See things around you whether a piece of arts, paintings, office’s pet, plants, and simply anything. Though it seems cheesy, those can rinse the stuckness inside your head. If you can’t do any interesting things indoors, go outside. Visit a nearby shop, park, or cafetaria. When being outside, be mindful and observe things through all your senses, then inspiration will appear without you realizing it. Or, there is also a more instant way to find some inspirations, like surfing on Dribble or Behance to see other artist’s portfolios.
2. Keep a journal
Besides keeping everything on track, journaling may release some stresses. What is more, a journal can bring old memories. Those remembrances may be funny, silly, or engaging–in which mixed up feelings, to some extent, may give a slight imagination. When the creator’s block hits, these little things in your journal can help you in a difficult time so it is important to write things that are out of the ordinary.
3. Do power nap
A power nap is a short period of sleep. It is meant to supplement normal sleep and it gives a burst of energy. Do you know what happens next once we get such alertness? Correct, a flair of artistry thought will come up. So instead of consuming caffeine when boredom hits, consider a power nap. Taking 10 to 30 minutes doing so lets you enjoy the benefits of the light sleep stage without running the risk of waking up in the middle of deep sleep. However, please remember that overtime can lead you into deep sleep mode, leaving you tired and groggy afterward.
4. Sketch random things
Rough, fast, and dirty sketch is great for refining the best ideas. There is always that creative feeling when we hold a pencil, a sense that we can’t get when holding a mouse. Try to sketch before jumping straight to Adobe or any software. You don’t need to make it good, in contrast, create mistakes more and let inspiration find you. It uplifts a daydreaming mental, which makes it great for new ideas. Sketching or doodling is about finding and refining the best ideas, not about making perfect drawings. Overtime, pen and paper will be your biggest source of inspiration.
5. Clean your desk
Create a pleasant view to boost your productivity and morale. One of the ways to make it happen is by decluttering and tidying up your work environment. Get rid of any distractions, have a tiny junk tray, and disinfect your hardware. When people are in a tidy circumstance, they seem to perform behaviors and make decisions that go along with what is expected. Still, some of us are the messy creative-minded–the one who loves to put everything in an unorganized manner, that is exceptional. But garbages are garbages, right? Don’t let it ruin your mood.
6. Make sweats
Exercise, particularly aerobic workouts just like running, jogging, or cycling stimulate our body to produce serotonin. It helps to reduce depression and anxiety. A famous Japanese fiction writer, Haruki Murakami also performs this thing, he said, “I usually run with my mind empty. However, when I run empty-minded, something naturally and abruptly crawls in sometimes. That might become an idea that can help me with my writing.” Hence, if you are running out of ideas, we recommend you to do something like him. Running, walking, or whatever it is, you will find that Aha! moment with breaking some sweats.
7. Push boundaries
It is no longer a secret that creativity is another word for breaking the rules. By doing things differently than anybody else, rejecting the traditional rules, and questioning status quos, we can widen the range of possibilities. For example: A musician doesn’t just make one rhyme, and a novelist doesn’t just write down a book. In a nutshell, break rules can set the creativity free involving lots of naysayers along the way.
8. Study more
Most of the times, we can’t make things work due to our incapability per se. Then there we have to evaluate in order to improve our skillset. If we can’t do it ourselves, we can ask the other’s help since it is not that easy to do self-assessment. Afterall, we need to create a list of what things we should learn. The easiest way to learn is by doing or seeking for think tank and tutorials we can get for free on the internet.
Panicking only makes the creator’s block more dangerous. Then there it would be best if you remained calm because a calm brain can think of new ideas easily than a stressful one. And the way for calamity is by doing something else. It seems a bit irresponsible, but it truly helps you refocus the energy. Give your brain a moment to digest the thing you are working on. To say the least, with advices above, hopefully you can handle the creative blocks anytime, anywhere.
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