I’ve been staring at this blank page for several minutes trying to figure out how I should start this post. Should I mention that I’m feeling uninspired? Should I start off with a little background about how everything at home has been a little off-kilter since we got back from our vacation? I should definitely mention that I’m feeling frustrated because my kids don’t really let Momma work much anymore. No, none of that sounds right. I’m in a creative rut, and it’s time to break free.
These creative ruts happen from time to time, as I’m sure they do with everyone. So I’m going to share my best tips for breaking through, and coming out more invigorated than ever!
Get some alone time.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, or just uninspired, treat yourself to a little me time. Let yourself recharge. You could indulge in some self care, do some reading, go for a walk, or just sit and enjoy the silence, anything. Coloring is very relaxing. Grab your kids’ coloring book and crayons if you don’t have your own. Just remove yourself from the daily bustle and recharge your batteries (metaphorically speaking).
Refresh your workspace.
Doing something as mundane as cleaning can leave you feeling energized. So put away all the clutter, go through your desk drawers, organize, and dust. Add some new inspiration, like a DIY wall art quote, a vase of flowers (artificial is great because you don’t have to water them and then toss them), a new candle, etc.
Finish an old project.
I’m sure you probably have several projects that are “in-progress” and not quite completed yet. Pick one of those and finish it! Sometimes just wrapping up a task can give you a little momentum. Keep finishing older projects until you’re ready to start fresh and new. My favorite part of this is that sometimes those projects spark ideas for new inspiration.
Make a list of all the creative things you want to do. If you’re a blogger, make a list of post ideas. If you’re a crafter, make a list of things you want to make. And so on. A lot of times, I have plenty of ideas swirling around but nothing feels right. So I start my list and I don’t stop until I find something I can work with.
Rearrange your home.
When I was younger I used to do this on a weekly basis. I loved moving furniture around in my bedroom constantly. Now as an adult it’s a little more difficult to do because there are a lot more factors to consider. If I move this couch will the kids get behind it… Will moving this make them crash into that… So now furniture rearranging is more like Tetris. It requires some serious critical thinking and logistics. Plus the best part – when I’m done I can relax on a newly relocated chair and have a whole different perspective on the room (i.e. my world). Rearranging your home can make your brain juices start flowing and give you a new view.
Take a break.
The other day when I was feeling stuck, I took a break. I decorated some pages in my planner, and caught up on a show that was taking up room on the DVR. I knew I should have been writing instead, but I was less stressed because I wasn’t fretting over a blank screen. So take a break. If it’s for a few hours, a day, a week, it will help. Take a break for however long you need, you’ll know when it’s time to come back.
Give yourself grace.
We are our own harshest judges. Don’t be mad at yourself for not cranking out work like you used to. Be forgiving. We all get caught in a tough spot every once in a while. Be okay with doing less. Remember, it’s quality over quantity.
Find the block.
What’s stopping your creative flow? Are you frustrated because you don’t have the time? Do you only want to do part of your creative project and not the whole thing? Tune into your thoughts and figure out what’s stopping you, and then see if you can find a way around that problem.
Just do it.
When all else fails, this is what gets me going again every time. Just sit down in your freshly cleaned workspace and start. Start writing, start creating, start doing your thing. Chances are the creativity will kick in again and you’ll be off and running!
Everyone gets stuck now and then. Whether you’re a writer, blogger, designer, or crafter, it’s going to happen. We’re only human. But hopefully these tips will help you bounce back better than ever!