911 Operator: “What’s your emergency?”
Me: “Help! I’m stuck in a major creative RUT!”
Yes, this just happened to me!
No, of course, I didn’t call 911.
I have been working on four BIG projects right now and creating two new masterclasses to present as a guest speaker and I hit my wall. Actually, I slammed head first into it.
I couldn’t think of anything!
The words that were free-flowing on my whiteboards filled with brain dumps and rainbow-colored Post It notes came to a screeching halt.
I bet we have a ton in common and I’m not the only one that finds themselves waist-high in quicksand made of creative blocks and finds themselves sinking in deeper and deeper and deeper!
Whether it’s coming up with your weekly social media content, your topics for your podcast, your next blog, or completing your course/membership lessons, we all experience getting stuck in a creative rut.
That’s why in this blog and the video above, I’m sharing with you my exact go-to 5 Step Process I pull out of my toolbox whenever I need to UNSTUCK myself FAST!
Plus, the WORST thing you can do when this happens that you definitely want to stop doing ASAP!
Here’s a sneak peek of what we talked about:
- [3:00] The Worst Thing That You Can Do
- [3:42] Step 1: Work Up A Sweat
- [4:50] Step 2: Go Outside
- [7:26] Step 3: Phone a Friend
- [12:12] Step 4: Take a Shower
- [18:03] Step 5: Read an Inspiring Book
The Worst Thing That You Can Do
The first thing that you want to do when you’re stuck in a creative rut is to take a break and move away from your computer:
- You cannot force creativity!
- Like quicksand, the more you try to force it, the faster you will sink down!
- Instead, follow my 5-step process to unstuck yourself out of a creative rut!
Step 1: Work Up A Sweat
Get the sweat going! Get up from your desk, walk away from your laptop, and move your body. Whether that’s jumping on your Peloton or pulling out your mat, get your body and brain moving!
Step 2: Go Outside
You need a change of scenery! Go outside and get some fresh air. You don’t have to work out, but you do need to go out and move your body. That can be anything from taking your dog for a walk to playing outside with your kids. Ground yourself in nature and see how the energy of your body flows differently.
Step 3: Phone a Friend
Talking it out with a friend is how you get out of your own head! Call them on the phone or connect with them on messenger. Just having the conversation, whether on the phone or through text, is a secret weapon to help you bust through your creative ruts!
Step 4: Take a Shower
Have you ever experienced the magic of a shower where all of these ideas come rushing at you just as the water rushes out of your shower head? It’s not so random, but neuroscience. The physical sensation of the water droplets hitting your head literally stimulates your brain and brings forth new ideas! Just make sure you have Shower Notes handy to keep those brilliant ideas from washing away.
Step 5: Read an Inspiring Book
Last week I shared the top three books that I personally believe every serious entrepreneur must-read. You don’t necessarily have to read a personal development or business book. You can read a fiction book. The key is to let your mind wander, because when you do you the blocks that were previously preventing your creativity slowly drift away!
With Grit & Grace, xo!
Tiffany aka Coach Glitter