Ever feeling uninspired? Lacking creativity? Can’t figure out what you should write about next? It’s a very common thing to face a mental block; something that prevents you from getting your work done. It happens to everyone, and as hard as we try to prevent them from happening – it still happens.
Having these mental blocks, or a lack of inspiration can really stop your productivity. If you can’t figure out how to get that inspiration to work back, you will get very far behind in your work.
As a blogger, what is the one “block” you suffer the most? Since you’re writing a lot, it’s most likely writers block. It just seems like the more of something you do, the more of these blocks you can suffer.
A lot of us try to combat these blocks by doing something online. Like read blogs, look through design galleries, talk to some people or other things that may not help that much. Sure, they help sometimes – but maybe the solution isn’t what you do online. Maybe it’s offline.
I suffer from some creative blocks a little more frequently than I’d like to sometimes, so I tried some new things to try and get me back into a better workflow. I’d like to say they have had an impact on how productive I am, and that I also suffer less blogging crashes.
So the next time you are having trouble figuring out what to write about next, or how to approach a client project – don’t read blogs or scroll through design galleries. Try changing some of the things in your environment.
1. Change your work area
Do you sit and work at the same place day in and day out? In can get pretty dull after a while if you are sitting in your office chair or lying on your bed to work every single day.
Why not try moving somewhere else? Some people like to go into public places to work, some people just like to to sit outside. You can make a simple change such as working in a different room or moving to the other side of your office area.
2. Change something around you
Rather than moving rooms or going outside, why not try changing the scenery in your work area? You can make a change as simple as adding a plant to your desk, or even try working with the door open rather than closed. Even the smallest of changes to your work area can have a great impact on how you actually work.
One thing I noticed helps me a lot is the lighting in the area you’re in. Try playing around with the brightness of a light in the room. Find the most relaxing level of light and try working in it. Call me old fashioned, but I have a lava lamp in my room which I always have on when I work. It just adds a really cool, red glow to my room that really relaxes my mind.
3. Experiment with Music
Some people like to listen to music while they work. I always work with music on, no questions asked. Even as I’m writing this, I’m listening to Jason Mraz (what? He has a cool style) on my iPod. I like to listen to mellow music when I work because it’s what keeps me at peace the most.
But try to working to different tunes. From experience, finding your favorite songs that make you feel good and throwing them all together in a playlist on your music player can really make a difference in how you feel.
4. Try different foods or drinks
Whenever I write, I like to keep a glass of water and a cup of tea by my side. I haven’t written a blog post in months without one of these two drinks by my side. Could you guess why? Because they work.
Tea is by far my favorite drink, and I always feel good drinking it. I mix it up of course and write with different flavors, just to see what relaxes me the most. I do love my green tea.
5. Brainstorm and plan offline
There are many online note takers andorganizers, but have you ever thought of depending less on your computer screen to plan, and more on paper? You have to stare at the computer screen while you work anyways, why do it for both?
I put about $10 down on a pretty large whiteboard, and I do all of my planning on that. I am thinking of buying another one as I use it so much, but it’s incredible how easy I can plan on it.
6. Work at different times of the day
Are you a morning or night person? I would much rather write at the beginning of my day, the morning, rather than write just because it’s the time where I’m feeling the best. Yes, I’m a morning person.
I find that I can work a lot better overall in the morning than I do at night, probably because my eagerness to work in the morning is much more alive than it is at night. With that eagerness there, I can alway come up with some great ideas and have excellent productivity because of how well I can work at that time of the day.
7. Change your break routines
Hopefully you take breaks when you work and don’t sit in front of the computer screen for hours without moving. Breaks are important, but they can also make us lazy if we get too relaxed when we take them.
So, when you take your breaks – try walking around and stretching out. Don’t just walk away from your desk to go sit down in front of the TV, take a walk around your house and maybe make some more tea.
8. Do more of nothing
This can sort of fall into the same category as taking breaks, but at the same – it’s very different. I wrote about how simply sitting around and doing nothing can improve your productivity, and I still very much believe in it.
Taking more time to lie around and simply relax can really make an improvement on how you think and what ideas you can come up with. You’re at a relaxed state of mind, which is the best state of mind to be in, and you will find you can be much more creative in that state. I recommend you read the article for more ideas about this concept.
How do you take back your creativity?
Do you think actually trying these eight changes will have any effect on how you work? They have helped me, sure – but will they help you? It certainly doesn’t hurt to try a few of the things I have listed here, but I am interested in seeing how you react.
Do you honestly think that by simply moving across the room, or drinking a cup of tea can help you think better? Let’s talk about it in the comments.