You’ve been using #WIP (work in progress) for a bit too long now. Your creative projects don’t seem to be moving forward. Lately, you just haven’t been loving any of your ideas. Does this sound familiar?
These might be signs that you are in a creative slump. Don’t worry, though: there are ways to work through them. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:
- Let your work sit for a little bit — As humans, we are naturally prone to overthinking about things we are invested in. Which is why it’s important to leave your work for a little bit. Take a walk, take a nap, read a book, distract yourself from thinking about it for a while. Sometimes, all you need is a refresher. Get back to work when you feel like you’ve been rested and energized, and you’ll see your creativity reawaken.
- Do something fun — Go out and do something you enjoy that has nothing to do with work. You never know where you’ll find inspiration. When you’ve reached a creative block, it’s good to be out and about to possibly find it.
- Brainstorm and write everything down — Sit down and start writing your ideas. Some of them might not make sense at first, but keep writing. Organize your notes later on, you might find that you’ve written something brilliant down without even knowing it.
- Observe people — Find a place to sit where you can be still and watch what others are doing. It’s a great source of inspiration and a great way to gain a new perspective on things. Make up stories in your head about the people you see. Observe what they’re wearing, how they act. You could just be able to use what you see for your work.
- Have a conversation unrelated to your work — Engage in meaningful conversations with others. Being able to talk and exchange thoughts and ideas with other people is a good way to refresh your mind. Forget about the project you’ve been racking your brain for for a little bit. Come back to your work having learned something new.
The next time you feel drained in your creative right brain, don’t forget to put your work out of your mind for a little bit; these helpful tips just might do the trick!