It happens to everyone, that feeling when you’re staring at a blank page. It can be frustrating and paralysing waiting for an idea to strike. Frequent creative block could be a result of burnout, but whether it’s physical or mental, there are a few things that you can do to refresh your mind and spark new ideas.

5 Ways To Beat Creative Block

1. A change of scenery

This one works wonders for me. If your job requires creativity, then sitting in the same room at the same desk every day is unlikely to get your creative juices flowing. However, depending on your deadlines, there are a couple of ways that we can change this. If you work at home, moving to a local coffee shop, or even to a different room in your house, can help you feel energised and focussed towards your work. Just make sure there are no distractions in the room because working in the kitchen with creative block may lead to procrastination dishwashing!

If you have a little more time, visiting a new place, like a gallery or a park, might be more appropriate than simply working in a different location. Getting some fresh air and new visual stimulation before returning to your regular workstation can help you feel reinvigorated.

2. Try something new

Sometimes the best way to attack creative block is to do anything but solve the problem at hand. Mix it up and try other creative outputs, for instance, if you’re a writer struggling to write, try painting! If you’re a painter struggling to paint, try writing! This will engage the creative parts of your brain and keep you focussed on learning a new skill which should stop you from overthinking the original problem.

3. Bounce ideas off other people

Working alone can lead to a lot of internal processing so it’s good to say your ideas out loud to another person. This could be a colleague, someone else in your industry or a friend that is not involved with your work at all. Your friend might surprise you the most because trying to describe ideas to someone who isn’t familiar with your work forces you to explain things differently, triggering new thoughts and ideas.

4. Just do it

Easier said than done right? Except, instead of just doing all of it, try doing a little bit. Set a timer and see what you can do in 5 minutes. 5 minutes isn’t a long time right? Totally do-able.

Allow yourself to come up with terrible ideas because there are no bad ideas if they lead to better ones. Once you get to the end of your 5 minutes and you feel like you have more to give, then keep on going!

5. Give yourself a break!

Again, this heavily depends on your deadlines but take some time off. Don’t beat yourself up for not being an idea machine every day. Creative blocks are temporary but if you find they keep occurring, try scheduling regular breaks to prevent burnout.

What methods help you overcome creative block?