How To Overcome Writers Block
I have to say that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Nothing will ever top getting paid to do what you love most. While I enjoy writing, building marketing strategies, and analyzing trends, there have been a few times that I stare at the blank screen with no inspiration and no clue what I want to say or share. Have you ever been there? With deadlines looming, it can turn a fun job into a stressful one in no time at all.
I am often asked how I find inspiration and avoid dreaded moments like these. What I am about to share is nothing earth-shattering or groundbreaking, but it is what works for me. I can only hope it helps you in some way.
If you find yourself unable to write because you can’t stop thinking about the endless number of things you have to do, take a minute and just breathe. Turn off any noise, close your eyes, and focus on breathing. By focusing on your breaths, you are able to clear your mind and start fresh.
Tackle Something that Requires No Creativity.
I have often found that sometimes I just need to do something that requires zero skill. Since I work from home, I usually wash the dishes, sweep, or declutter a closet. By completing something I have 100% control over, I feel more accomplished, inspired, and re-energized to craft a new blog or social media post.
If you would have asked me about meditation a year ago, I would have laughed and said that it wasn’t for me. But, with the help of Headspace and, most recently, Alexa’s guided meditation exercises, I have found some comfort with mediation. It is an amazing way to clear your mind and declutter your thoughts so you can tackle projects with clarity.
In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, working out can also help clear your mind and break through creativity blocks. My favorite ways to workout in the middle of the day include a walk around the neighborhood or PiYo workout DVDs. Both take less than 25 minutes and are enough for me to stretch, clear my thoughts, and increase confidence.
Bullet Point What You Know.
Maybe the paragraphs are not flowing the way you had hoped. It doesn’t mean that the work session has to be completely unproductive. Grab a piece of scrap paper and brainstorm a list of points you want to include in the writing. Often, this is all you need to guide your thoughts and the words flow easier when you know the order and what you want to highlight.
Don’t be afraid to change where you work. A routine is good, but sometimes it suffocates creativity. If you are used to working from home, take a drive to the library for the day instead.
I keep an adult coloring book in my office that from time to time has helped me focus better. The simple act of being creative sparks other creative juices and drives you to want to continue being creative.
These are just a few of the activities I have tried this year to kick writers block to the curb. What has worked for you?