Getting Unstuck: Meeting Deadlines on a Creative Block

A creative block can happen all the time, no matter what we do to prevent them. This means it can happen when you are in a time crunch. Despite how your mind is drawing a blank on you, you still need to meet your deadlines regardless. Believe it or not, you need to take some time off to get unstuck! Doing what you love can help relax your mind, which in turn get your creative juice flowing again.

Creative blocks, especially on a deadline, can lead to demotivation, anxiety, and frustration. Good news, there’s a fix (but it takes practice). The one thing to remember whenever you experience a creative block: Get I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D!

Getting I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D on a Creative Block

When you have no idea, why not draw inspiration from the word itself? This acronym helps us find comfort when we are stuck. You are not slacking, or running away from your problems. In fact, when you come back, you will produce even better results than before. In this post, you will find a breakdown of what each acronym means.

Find your Inner Peace

Although your mind may be drawing a blank, behind that there may be chaotic thoughts. These thoughts may range from worrying about the deadlines, to second guessing your job. Never let your thoughts get the better of you. You can think much clearly in a calmer state of mind. Thinking is good, but when you catch yourself overthinking, draw the line and take a step back.

As such, the very first step is to find your inner peace, which can be different for different individuals. What keeps you calm? It may be of the sound of the waves, or even the smell of coffee on a nice Sunday morning.

Take a Quick Nap

You might be experiencing a block because of exhaustion in your mind. In this case, taking a short trip to dreamland is what you need. That is why nap pods (lucky you!) exist at offices. Humans like yourself can experience sleep deprivation and that is okay. Some of you may find it counteractive to take a nap. However, studies have shown that taking a nap for only 10 to 20 minutes long is found to be effective.

Scroll Through Social Media

Sometimes you need to expose yourself to the work of others in order to get inspiration. Whether it is through Instagram, Pinterest, or even Facebook, connecting with the rest of the world helps. Instead of feeling like you are slacking, think of it as your way of channeling ideas for your project.

Play a Movie or Music

What are your favorite Netflix shows? Any songs stuck in your head lately? Another good way of drawing inspiration is to play a movie or music. It is easier to find ideas from your favorite actors, or artists. To us, playing music helps lighten the mode when frustration or stress kicks in.

Channel Ideas

While you are doing all of the above, never forget to take advantage of the creativity. What draws you to that movie or picture that you liked on Instagram? Think of those factors – maybe you can apply it to your work as well.

Relax and Reflect

As mentioned above, taking a step back is important. You want to do something relaxing to the mind, in order to stay calm in this chaotic world your mind lives in. Whether it is to take a bubble bath, yoga, or just a 5-minute meditation to help calm your mind, that little time off counts!

Find Enlightenment

Your creative block might be there because you are only thinking in one direction. What if, you open your mind to different options, and different styles? When you take that little time off, think of the different approaches you can try to help get creative juice flowing again.

You are DONE!

Did you need more ideas? Needed new ways to approach things? Simply had to reset and refresh your mind to think clearly? By now, you may be getting some sort of inspiration going. Go back to your desk and try again, let us know if it works for you!

Example Flow: Applying I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D

Creative Block - Workflow

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