I’ve been in a bit of a creative impasse these past few weeks. It can happen to anyone, I know, but it’s always scary. “What
Does this happen to you as well? How do you handle it? How do you get your creative mojo back?
I’ve decided to write down ideas to share with those of you who may face a similar situation, and also to go back to whenever this happens to me [again], because I’ve noticed a pattern – totally unconscious though – in the way I handle these phases of creative drought.
- Get up earlier. “Le monde appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt” or “the world belongs to the early risers” fits the bill for me. I get so much creative juice in the first 2 hours of the morning. I’m up by 5 AM and get one and a half hour of work done before my family is up. This, for me, is the most productive and creative time.
- Write down any idea [good and bad] down. Whether on my iPhone notes or my little notebook that I carry everywhere with me, I always write down any idea that pops up. Sometimes, on good days, I can get as many as 5 post purchase clomid ideas in a day – some of which will never see the light. That helps for the dry creative days. Even better, writing draft posts in advance can save you when you find yourself in a creative block zone.
- Get out and exercise. Whether running, walking, a pilates or yoga session, keeping your body in shape helps your mind get out of a creative fog. Don’t ask me why, but when I’m in a regular running routine or take miss Daisy for long walks, I’m super creative.
- Clean your desk. This may sound silly, but when I’m in a creative impasse, I declutter my desk and it helps a lot.
- Challenge yourself and embark on a creative project that has nothing to do with work. Painting a wall, trying a new challenging cooking recipe, starting a sewing project, anything really that keeps your mind away from work but uses your creativity. Last week, I made this DIY bed mattress, and I was pretty happy with the result. Using a creative outlet that has nothing to do with your creative ‘job’ sometimes helps unleash the beast.
Above all, don’t panic. Step back, open your mind to other things; if you can take a few days off work, do it! You’ll get back with a fresh creative brain and rock your world again. Xo, Si-