Get out of the fog and spark your creativity.
That one project that never seems to get done, you know the one. You have started it a million times but never seem to get it done. The project where everything else seems more important than what you are actually supposed to be working on. The creative juices have stopped flowing and procrastination sets in. You draw a blank and your brain finds this project impossible.
Do you struggle with creativity? We all do. I recently read an article sharing different exercises one can do to get “unstuck” and turn on the creative juices. Like most articles, it all seemed like common sense, but one specific exercise stuck with me (no pun intended). The exercise was titled “Do Something Unrelated That Makes You Happy.” I was experiencing writers block, so I went for a walk. A walk on a warm spring day with the sun beaming down on my salt-and-pepper hair makes me happy.
It’s Sunday afternoon and I am in full procrastination mode. Thought of the fishing opener and the end of the ice fishing season run through my mind. Sometimes thinking about fishing is more fun than actually fishing; extreme heat or cold can make it miserable. Finally, after two hours and a nap my procrastination ends. My mind is still set on fishing so I start by putting line on a new pole I bought a couple of weeks earlier and I looked through my tackle boxes to see what I needed to buy. After watching the news and seeing the good weather to come, I decide to keep my ice fishing gear in my truck in hopes of going out once more before the season ends.
Coming at a project from a different angle can be both helpful and inspirational. Choosing a random word or sentence from a random word or sentence generator can be a great solution. It gives the brain a new way of making connections and a potential new path for the project, as well as getting me over my creative roadblock.