The Most Effective Methods to Overcome Creative Block

How to back creative block

Creative block can strike at any time, whether you are a graphic designer, writer, or just trying to finish an assignment. It can come out of nowhere, even infecting ideas like words on the tip of your tongue. 

It doesn’t care about your deadlines or plans. However, with experience, you can learn the tools to effectively break the block.

Frustration can easily seep in and that only has the effect of further corrupting our ability to generate creatively. Avoid that frustration by working through the methods relevant to you below. 

Bear in mind not all techniques will work or even be applicable to you. Combine what does apply and engineer a solution tailored to you.

I’d love to hear about what you are working on and if any of the methods helped you to stay productive, make sure to let me know in the comments or on social media.

Graphic Design Inspiration

Get Inspired

Sparked without intention, a moment of clarity and awareness that provokes the drive required to see a project to completion. Inspiration can be overlooked because it’s hard to pin down and we are all different. 

I don’t think a single creative person underestimates the power of inspiration, so jump in and find yours.

  • Creative Prompts
  • Behance
  • Traditional Art
  • Brush up on the latest trends
  • Discuss what you’re aiming for
Get in the creative zone

Get in the Zone

Have you ever experienced a long period of time where you lost the sense of the outside world? Where you’ve looked up to find hours have gone by without you noticing them? 

Arguably our most productive states as human beings, whatever you call it- “getting in the zone” gets the job done.

  • Plan your goals
  • Listen to some music
  • Visualise
  • Commit to a goal publicly
  • Know when you are most productive.
Get Outside Illustration

Get out of There

Let’s not aim to procrastinate, but what is the point in wasting your time right now when you just can’t shake the block. If you can’t get inspired and utilise that inspiration in the zone it’s time to walk away. 

At this point, your inspiration is being held back by your environment and thought process. Once we break it inspiration returns but usually when we least expect it.

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Play video games
  • Visit a gallery 
  • Go get some sleep

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