Monday, 20 February 2017

How To Get Out Of A Creative Rut

As some of you might know, creativity can be illusive - it appears that the more we go searching for it, the harder it is to grasp. We'll have days where everything we've taken photographs of, or attempted to write about comes off a bit forced, or samey and your brain isn't lighting up quite how you'd expect it to. This is natural; it's natural for our work to come in bursts and waves, especially as a blogger.

If you've become a regular reader here at, you may have noticed that I post on Monday's and Friday's, but this doesn't come without the occasional creative funk and as frustrating and as stressful as this can be at times, I have to simply learn to move on.

So, here are a few self-help tactics to get you out of that creative rut:

You've got a few deadlines on the horizon, but your creativity has decided it's going to take the week off and you've just about had enough - we've all been there. Even though you might feel as though you need to push yourself to focus, taking a break to cleanse your work-space can be one of the best things you do. I find having a clean and well-organized work-space helps me get things moving. I mean I've just found notes from three years ago in my bottom drawer, so it's about time I did a bit of a deep-clean.

We all look to sources for inspiration; such as Pinterest or Instagram, because they give us a window into the outside world and allow us to be inspired by what others are seeing and doing around us. It's important that we don't narrow our focus and leave ourselves feeling deflated because we're seeing the same thing over and over again. Remember to look elsewhere for inspiration; such as books or events that are on-going in our own lives - perhaps spending time with family and friends will inspire you to think of new topics.

It's important that we disconnect from social media sometimes, to make sure that we're really looking after ourselves. Are we getting enough exercise? Are we eating the right amount of foods? When was the last time we had a tall glass of water? If you aren't feeling 100%, your brain won't either. Taking some me-time will in effect help top up your creativity reserves - disconnect from the internet for the evening and just go for a walk, or read a book. It will help boost both your mood and productivity. You can read all about how I'm improving my productivity here.

As a blogger I like to spend time working out how I want my content to serve you, the reader. I like to think about delivery and topics that are both personal to me, but useful to you. I want my posts to be both helpful and informative, yet humorous in some way. You should define your mission; what are you passionate about? Is it a product or an experience you want to share?

Have you ever been in a creative rut? How did you get out of it?

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