A few days ago, I found myself face to face with one of design’s biggest enemies, a creative block. As designers, we are bound to hit one sometime in our lifetime, but how do you get into one in the first place?
This article from 99U explains the different types of creative blocks, but all of them have a common factor, we are over thinking the situation. Whether it’s personal or work related, something is taking our attention away from our job and that’s a problem to designers. So how do you get out of a block? Here are some suggestions that I find help a lot:
1.Get away From It All
Whether it’s for a few minutes or a few days, sometimes we just need to step away, clean our head and come back with a clear head. Going for a walk, doing chores and even watching a quick YouTube video helps a lot, like something funny to make you laugh will help a lot.
2. Make a To-Do List
I find when things get crazy, making a to-do list and organizing your calendar helps a lot. This helps to break up big, haunting tasks into small, bite size chunks. This also will help with your overall stress and will make you feel more productive.
3. If All Else Fails, Deadlines Will Cure the Worst Of Blocks
Trust me on this! Nothing can get you out of creative block faster than “The client needs this for tomorrow morning”. You will be surprised at what you can come up with when its crunch time. I wouldn’t do this all the time, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
I recommend this great book that shares other designers, musicians and fellow artist’s strategies on breaking through creative blocks.
How do you get out of a creative block? Feel free to comment below and share with fellow creative folks.
Until next time, good day Internet.