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January 25, 2017

How to beat creative block for good

By: Luke

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Is there anything worse than having all the ideas in your head but when it comes to actually starting your project, you’re completely stumped?

Don’t panic – you’re not alone. You’ve just got a case of creative block.

What is it?

Pablo Picasso famously stopped painting after the breakup of his marriage. Creative block is regarded as a physiological problem – usually what’s happening in your life can have a huge impact on your creativeness.

It’s a pesky thing/mood/feeling where you feel as if you haven’t got any inspiration, or you can’t bring yourself to start a new project.

It doesn’t have to be permanent. We recommend trying these tips and tricks to banish the block:

Don’t doubt

Often this block happens when you start to question yourself. If you’re not feeling confident in what you’re doing, you’ll continue to doubt yourself even more, until you stop completely.

Have confidence in your work. If things aren’t going right, keep going until they do. You’ve got this.

Stop forcing it

Sometimes you’ve just got to step away for a little while. Take a walk, visit a café for one of those overpriced chocolate lattes (so worth it) or simply watch the TV for a bit.

Coming away from a project and returning with a fresh mind can be all it takes to get you back on track. Why not use it as an incentive? Make the mornings your ‘work time’ and give yourself the afternoon off.


Get out and about

Who says you need to be confined to a desk? Take your work to your a friend’s house, sit on a bench at the park or grab your laptop and head to your local (treat yourself to a tipple after you’re done).

On your way there take in your surroundings, you never know what you might be inspired by.


Have a wonderful work space

Make the place you usually do work fabulous. Get a new plant for the office, or a snazzy print for your bedroom. Having interesting things around you is sure to get those creative juices flowing.

Need some inspo? Take a look at the hashtag #WhatsOnMyDesk on Instagram and head to IKEA asap!

Take note

When you think of an amazing idea at 10am then go to write it down when you get home at 6pm and you’ve completely forgotten it. Annoying.

Try to carry a little notebook around with you, and get into the habit of jotting down your ideas as soon as they pop into your head. It’s great to look back at all the things you’ve written over time.


Plus everyone loves buying new stationery.

Do you experience creative block? How do you beat it? Share your tips with us on Facebook or Twitter.


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