What to do when you can’t generate creativity?

If you find yourself sitting in front of a blank project. Stop what you’re doing, walk away and clear your mind.

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By: Maria Ramirez

Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of a blank doc, canvas, editing timeline or any other piece of work that forces your brain to think creatively? Whether you’re a writer, artist, video creator or any other professional this has happened to you. You sit down and try to start but nothing comes to mind. I’ve been in that position too many times. It’s not a good feeling, especially if it’s something you’ve put off and a deadline is approaching. Okay, so you look at the clock and do the math. “This project is due at midnight, it’s 1:45 p.m. right now. If I start at 2 p.m. then I can be done by 4 p.m., but if I take a 30-minute break I’ll be done by 4:30 p.m.” I do this every time which causes me more stress, my mind begins to spiral and I can’t focus. The term for this feeling is creative/writer’s block. If you catch yourself in a knot like me, stop what you’re doing and take a step back.

Although we don’t have a reset button there are many alternatives that can help us overcome the moments of writer’s block and can help you find that spark of inspiration again.” –

Hear me out. Make a realistic schedule for the day. You know you have a project due at midnight but need some time to clear your mind. If you know that it will take you two hours to finish the project, write down the time you want to start and hold yourself accountable. Give yourself enough time to allow for editing and revision. In the meantime, let your mind recharge and de-stress, this way, when you come back you’ll be fully prepared to take on the task. 

Here is a list of ideas to help clear and refresh your mind:

Take a nap: Who doesn’t like a good 30-minute nap?

Start reading a book: You know that dusty book sitting at the corner of your desk that you always say you’re going to read. What a better way to boost your creativity by exploring new worlds? “Reading a good novel allows one’s imagination to take flight and allows you to forget about your day-by-day troubles.”

Play video games: Another perfect distraction. I recommend downloading Animal Crossing. You will not regret it. A good 30 minutes or an hour will give you enough time to take your mind off things and relax.

Go for a walk/run: Exercise is great for overall health. 

Play with your pets: This one is my favorite. Bonus: You can vent to them and they’ll make you feel better. 

Try to learn a TikTok dance: TikTok dances are fun and challenging! 

Sing your lungs out: *Cue Bohemian Rhapsody* 

Go outside: Get in touch with nature. Get some fresh air and relax.

Watch a movie: This can help generate ideas.

Listen to a podcast: There are many great podcasts out there. My favorite is The Office Ladies, perfect for The Office lovers. 

Hangout with your roommates: Bonding time! They can also give some feedback and help you out with ideas. In the past, some of my ideas have come from having conversations with my roommates. 

Bake: A yummy distraction. 

There are so many more activities you can do to de-stress. The main takeaway is not to worry, ideas will come your way through these activities. The best ideas come naturally. Remember that it’s important to take time for yourself. Now get back to that project with a fresh mind and let the creativity flow!

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