Whether you work in the creative field or not, it's likely that you will be called to get creative in your day-to-day work. Stuck in a mental rut? Desperate for ideas? Struggling to create a presentation for that upcoming business meeting? When inspiration is taking too long to hit, consider these methods for getting that creative spark back.

1. Cultivate inspiration.

You don't need to wait for inspiration to arrive. If you sit around, waiting for conditions to get perfect before you get started, you will wait forever. Instead, begin your work anyway -- no matter how much you dislike your initial ideas. As writer Stephen King says, "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

2. Take a walk.

If you want to get through a creative block, consider walking through it. A 2014 research study by Stanford University scientists worked to explore the cognitive benefits an outdoor walk had on study participants' creativity. Scientists looked at the quality and speed of creative responses from 175 study participants. Results confirmed that 100 percent of the walking participants produced more creative answers in comparison to that of the seated respondents.

3. Leave.

Put yourself in an unfamiliar space. New surroundings can invigorate how you view things, and help your brain recognize new details in new ways. If you decide to work in a different environment, you may surprise yourself with creative ideas you never dreamed possible. 

4. Pretend to be someone else.

Consider looking at a project you are working on as if you were someone else. What would they think? What kinds of improvements would they make? Try on a different perspective in order to boost creativity.

5. Or...do the unexpected.

If you're in search of new ideas for brainstorming or problem-solving, have you tried doing the opposite of everything you would normally do? Sometimes the direction we need is the one we typically would not take.

A creative block can be frustrating, and make you feel unproductive and useless. Luckily, there are many methods that can help you get your creative juices flowing again. Remember to have patience, and to take small steps towards progress.

As iconic artist Vincent Van Gogh once said, "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

Published on: Apr 10, 2019
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