There are countless times I’ve experienced a creative mental block. To be perfectly honest, I had a huge one today, and I’m still working on getting completely over it. Whether you’re designing a website, picking the right color palette, writing your next social post, or putting together new marketing materials, mental blocks are natural and quite common. The following are a few easy ways I’ve managed to refresh my brain and get the creative juices flowing again.
Change Your Environment
If you’re like me, sitting at your desk 8 hours or more a day can be mentally draining. Seeing the same wall, the same office, the same everything feels limiting. During your free time or work breaks, grab some fresh air outside. On your days off, take a trip to the beach or a stroll through the park. Take that small road trip you’ve been wanting to go on. Redecorate your desk or your room at home.
Empty Your Thoughts
Sometimes, there’s just too much running through our minds that it’s difficult to focus on the task at hand. Whether it’s through a meditation class, or an app, or simply sitting comfortably on your bed — taking 20 minutes out of your day to be still can be overwhelmingly refreshing. Try not to think of your to-do list, or the argument you had earlier in the day, or what you should make for dinner.
Talking it out with fellow employees or even friends can bring the answers you were looking for. Bouncing ideas off of each other and hearing another opinion outside of my own has helped me problem solve through some of my most difficult challenges. I’ve asked friends to view it from the customer’s perspective, and it’s had a positive impact in the way I design certain features of a website.
Last but not least, sometimes you just have to step away. Even if it means going to sleep and revisiting your work the following day, it’s better to come back with a clear mind. I’ve found that brewing a good cup of coffee and spending the evening with a good book made me much more productive the next day (and I didn’t waste my evening banging my head against a wall, trying to find a solution).