How to Overcome a Creative Block and Get Back to Work

We can all agree that 2020 hasn’t been the best year but it’s taught us some things and has given us the time and space we need. Some used this time to be proactive and some used this time to take a break. Now that the year is coming to a close, it’s time to get back to work. Here are some tips for getting back into your creative flow.

1. Make a plan.

Before jumping back into creating, you should make a plan. Write out your goals and give yourself a time limit on them. Figure out when, where and how you’ll execute your plan, and what it is you’re working towards. It helps to look at the big picture when making your plan so be sure to add what you want to achieve through your goals. Plan for everything that will come your way. It’s great to have a backup and any extra resources just in case.

2. Give yourself time.

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Creative blocks are not the easiest things to get through but it’s possible. Some may take longer than others to get back into their creative space and that’s okay. It all comes down to the individual and their comfort level. Give yourself time and don’t beat yourself up if you’re having an off day or having trouble finding where to start. If you rush back into your creative space, it won’t be the same end result as you hoped. Take baby steps and pace yourself to ensure that you’re not overwhelming yourself or rushing to put something out. As a creative, your products and end results should come naturally, not forced.

3. Incorporate your goals into your routine.

Everyone has a routine, whether it’s scheduled or subconscious we all have a daily routine. Incorporating your goals into your routine will get your mind in the habit of creating again and it doesn’t have to be extensive. If you take about 15-30 minutes a day checking emails, writing, planning, etc., you’re slowly getting back into your creative space and maneuvering through your goals at your own pace.

4. Set aside personal time.

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In between creating, it’s important that you take care of yourself. Creating is fun but it can also be tedious and consuming. Many believe that self-care is a one-day thing followed by other small things that bring you joy, however, it’s just as much of a job. Self-care is a 24/7 commitment and it’s vital to the way we structure our daily lives. You should be setting aside time every day for yourself and checking in with yourself to ensure you’re in the proper headspace to create. The way you feel internally will reflect in your work and if you’re not at your best, neither will your work be. Set aside time to meditate, to cool down, to stretch, to unpack, to not be productive, or to just breathe; you owe it to yourself.

5. Put yourself in a space where you can create.

Your environment contributes to the work you produce. Although quarantine and safety precautions were the highlights of 2020, find a way to liven up your creative space. Let in some fresh air and natural light, try new scents and decor, get a plant, make a motivational playlist; anything that will contribute to open, creative space. It should all scream “you” and motivate you to create.

Pulling yourself out of a creative block is a challenge but the results will be worth it. It hasn’t been an easy year but we made it and we’re going to continue to create and produce. Congratulate yourself for getting this far, appreciate all the hard work you’ve put in, and motivate yourself to keep going.