When you’re feeling unmotivated or uninspired, it is hard to create meaningful work you are proud of. With deadlines in the mix, it can create a stressful environment that blocks creativity all together.
In this blog, we are going to go over 7 different tips to combat creative roadblocks when you are feeling uninspired.
Write Down Your Ideas
It is a good idea to have a notepad or document on your computer where you write down different ideas when they come to you. This way you can always have a space to look back at your previous ideas. You can also schedule a short brainstorm period weekly, monthly or even yearly where you write down ideas by yourself or with others. Having a brainstorm session with others is a best practice and it can also help you identify ideas worth and not worth trying. This allows you to have a stockpile of great ideas at the ready.
Change Your Location
A change in location can spark inspiration whether it is clearing your mind and doing something mindless like walking or simply going away from your work desk. Working from a new place in the office, at a coffee shop or outside can open your thoughts to new ideas and disassociate you from a stressful work environment.
Ask Others Their Thoughts
When you have an idea and don’t know where to start, asking a co-worker or friend can be a first step in finding inspiration. They might also be willing to review your work in the later stages to help provide clarity or affirmation that your topic makes sense to the audience.
If you feel stuck with your creativity it’s never a bad idea to do some research! Searching your topic on google, youtube or other platforms can allow you to get some inspiration from others and create a good starting point.
Ask Yourself Questions
Break down what you are trying to do by asking yourself questions. This will help you get to the root of what you are trying to create which could inspire ideas. Asking yourself who, what, when, where and why questions is a great place to start. For example: Who is this for? What do they need to learn? Why was I assigned this task? How can I convey my message?
Be Creative In Other Ways
If you are experiencing a roadblock in one creative realm, try to be creative in another such as painting/drawing, writing or even reading. This will be something that will take the pressure off of forcing out ideas and will allow you to expand the different parts of your brain you are using to be creative!
Set A Timeline
Stay away from perfectionism and waiting for the perfect inspiration. Setting a timeline of different goals can be a great way to motivate yourself to get started which is always the hardest part. Once you have something written down, it will be easier to go back, review it and perfect it later on.
Hopefully these tips will help you if you are ever experiencing creative roadblocks. Remember it is important to use your resources and those around you to help inspire creativity in your work!
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