7 Ways To Stop Creative Block & Unleash Your Creativity

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Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas. Block is when movement forward is difficult or impossible.

So when you have creative block, you’re unable to imagine or construct original ideas, prohibiting you from growing and moving forward in life.

Even the most creative minds, struggle with creative block.

But don’t worry…

We’ve got you covered. Use these 7 tricks to rid your creative block once and for all…

1. Metaphor

Trying to take statistical or factual information in order to make it fit into a completely different context requires a deep understanding of the material – how all the parts work together, along with the limits and inappropriate comparisons.

This can help spark creativity by allowing us to explore the limits of our understanding, pushing us beyond the simple recital of what we know.

Creative Block Trick: Metaphorical thinking is very powerful and can spark memorable understanding and creativity. Close your eyes and think of the commonly used metaphor ‘time is money.’ As a creative, this simple metaphor should evoke vivid images and allow you to see things from a new perspective. Go ahead and try this trick with the current project your working on!

2. Draw

Whether you’re creative talent consists of drawing or not, in a similar vein, drawing the problem using images and colors as opposed to words is another great way to reconstruct and reinterpret it.

Have you ever been caught in class or at work doodling on a notepad? New research suggests that simply scribbling on a piece of paper sparks information retention and creativity. Massive corporations like Dell and Disney are actually eager for employees to start doodling on the job, so much so that they’re hiring consultants to help them!

Interested to learn more about how doodling can rid your creative block? Check out the book, The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown to realize the power of doodling!

3. Constraint

Creativity comes from constraint.

Biz Stone

It seems counterintuitive, but one great way to get rid of your creative block is to place restrictions on the method or materials. In the same way a blank page can stifle us, so can the idea of infinite possibilities. It seems one of the best ways over this choice paralysis is to set constraints.

Think about it: making even very simple decisions can be quite the task for most people, and with infinite possibilities comes, what may seem like a lifetime of, creative block. Restrictions will take away some of the choices available to you so that you’re no longer being slowed down by the paralysis of choice.

Creative Block Trick: To employ the trick of constraint on your next project, try these tricks. Focus on smaller tasks of your much larger goal, single task for prioritization, give yourself strict deadlines, and use brainstorming techniques.

4. Music

Music has an incredible ability to build immersive experiences in our minds and elicit our imagination, this special function serves as a powerful gateway to creativity.

The trick to music is not only to play something you enjoy, but to also take note of what style it’s in. Ambient music gives a boost to creative output while lyrics can be unwelcome distractions, and when it comes to tasks that involve learning, no music might be best.

Although listening to music while working may be pretty common for you and the rest of the world, the trick is to know how to find the right music to fuel the fire for the work your in the process of.

5. Exercise

Hitting the gym doesn’t only boost your health, it also helps to power your divergent mind. In fact, it’s been suggested for quite some time that simply going for a walk can rid creative block and unleash one’s creativity.

Now, we’ve got research to prove it.

Lorenza Colzato found that people who exercised four times a week showed greater creative ability than more sedentary individuals. So whenever you’re experiencing creative block, try pumping some blood through the body to jumpstart your creative mind!

6. Distract Yourself

Scientists have recently discovered a network of brain regions that are active when we daydream. This default mode network lights up when our mind wanders away from the world around us and turns inward, and it’s been associated with creativity.

What’s interesting is that rather than doing nothing at all, the best way to promote this style of creative daydreaming is to do menial tasks that ask little of your attention. Try going for a walk, washing the dishes, taking a shower. These are all activities in which anecdotal “a-ha” moments have come from.

7. Rest

Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.”

Austin Kleon

Creativity requires an open mind, but also one that’s sharp enough to pinpoint the good ideas before they fly by. Working too hard for too long saps energy and can leave you uninspired, killing your curious mind.

It’s not necessary to sleep — although naps are greatsimply lying down can boost creativity, as can meditation. So, schedule short breaks throughout your day while you’re working; you’ll come back to your work with a revitalized mind!

It’s A Right-Brainers World

Dan Pink explains in his book, A Whole New Mind, that creativity is among the most important skills there are for the conceptual age we’re living in. As technology improves, more jobs will be taken over by machines, which will leave us doing the tasks in which tech is still behind — those activities that make us uniquely human.

Creativity is within all of us, all we need is use a few tricks to rid creative block in order to unleash it!

Does your job require much creativity? Would you like to be more creative in other aspects of your life?

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.