4 Tips For When You're In a Creative Rut

Lately, I've been in a serious creative rut. But following these few tips has been super helpful. So if you're feeling like I am, I hope these tips are helpful to getting you creating again!

Turn it off.

The best thing to do is probably to turn it all off and get outside of your head. Cluttering up your mental space with social media, TV or just staring at your computer screen is no good. So go take a walk, have a technology-free day, go on a hike, drive to a new part of town...just do anything to get away from the clutter of the mind.

Get excited about something.

It's no secret that passionate people produce the best content. Because they are PASSIONATE. When you are passionate and excited about something, you can't help but let the ideas spew out of you because you're bubbling with joy and excitement. So go get excited about something-- anything. For me, it was baseball. I know, right? I went to two really awesome baseball games where my team won back to back. I went with people who make me feel excited to be alive. We won and cheered and laughed and it felt good to get excited about something. I came home and felt so excited about baseball that I watched a baseball documentary. It took immersing myself in something completely different and getting excited about something completely off my radar to get me inspired again.

Talk about it.

When I was at the above baseball game, my friends mentioned that I hadn't been writing often and asked why I wasn't blogging as much. I admitted for the first time outloud that I wasn't inspired, I had no motivation and I was out of ideas. We didn't necessarily talk about it for a long time but just admitting that I was uninspired and lacking my usual motivation was a good wake up call. It made it real and honestly, it felt good to just admit it and stop lying to myself that I was good to go.

Take it easy on yourself.

Pressuring yourself to produce awesome content when you're lacking motivation or drive is never good. If you force yourself, you're going to produce crap content. So my tactic is to try for 15 minutes to produce something awesome. So, if I'm writing, I set a timer for 15 minutes and have only one tab open for that amount time. I don't allow myself to get distracted. I just try to write for 15 minutes. If at the end of those 15 minutes, I have nothing-- I shut my computer off and don't think about it for the rest of the day (or if you have a due date, a few hours works too!) But a lot of times, I get the ball rolling and I realize that all I needed was to shut out the distractions to get myself focused.