IT STUCK: The Mental Blocks We Face Every Day
Creativity is a fickle beast. Even the most creative people have their moments of self-doubt, fear of failure, and general blahness when it comes to their work. In all fields, reaching that point where you know something is stuck, and you’re not sure how to get it unstuck requires a different kind of thinking. To be creative means to be able to see things in new ways — even when those ways are weird, unusual, or even wrong. Creativity is about seeing those unusual angles and strange connections, so your brain can produce amazing new ideas. Creative thinking helps us solve problems by expanding our perspective on them. There are several techniques you can use to help break up mental blocks and get your creativity flowing again.
Change your environment
Changing your environment can sometimes be enough to help you get unstuck. If you’re stuck at work, for example, maybe it’s time to change into some comfy clothes or take a walk around the block. If you’re at home, maybe you should venture outside for some fresh air and greenery. Whatever the case may be, changing your environment might be just what you need to get unstuck.
Doodle and practice
The first step to solving a problem is to think about it in different ways. One way to do this is by doodling. Doodle your thoughts out on paper and see what thoughts bubble up from your subconscious. You never know where the smallest piece of information may come from, so make sure you write everything down. Another method for breaking through mental blocks is practice. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to get unstuck when those moments come up. Practicing helps you build up new neural pathways in your brain to find creative solutions that go unnoticed when you only use the same old ones over and over again. So, if you’re feeling stuck with a project, try doodling or practicing one of many creative thinking techniques until that light bulb turns on again!
Ask dumb questions
The most basic technique for getting unstuck is to ask dumb questions. The smallest idea can spark a new way of thinking, and going back to the basics can help you get unstuck. Ask yourself a question you’ve never thought to ask before, like “What if I combined this with that?” or “Why doesn’t it work?” By asking these questions, you might come up with something that helps you think of ways to fix it. Ask someone else Sometimes, having someone else ask you questions can be just as useful as asking them yourself. Sit down with a friend or colleague and have them ask you about your creative block. This should help get your brain juices flowing and give you some insight into how others see the problem — which could help open up new solutions. Take a break from it Sometimes when we spend too much time thinking about one thing, our brains become exhausted and unable to solve the problem at hand. It might seem counterproductive, but taking some time away from the creative block could actually be helpful in solving the problem -because maybe it’s not meant for us just yet.
Take a break
The simplest and most important thing you can do to get unstuck is to take a break. Taking a break will help your brain process the problem and come up with an answer. Sometimes, when we’re under too much pressure or being forced to work on something we don’t like, our brains are focusing on the bad stuff instead of coming up with creative solutions. So, just take a break — even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Talk to people you trust
One way to get unstuck is to talk to someone you trust. Whether it’s a friend, colleague, or mentor, talking through your problem with someone can help alleviate some mental blocks we face every day. Bringing an objective third party into the discussion can make it easier to think more critically about the problem. Talking with people you trust can also provide the inspiration necessary to move past a creative block. Your friends and colleagues may not be artists or writers, but they have experience working in their field of choice. Their stories and experiences may just be what you need to find that perfect idea for your next project.
Work on your weaknesses
If you’re feeling stuck, it might be because you’re not familiar with your tools or the software you use. If this is the case, take some time to practice. If you’re a programmer, try to write anew algorithm or program something from scratch. If you’re an artist, try creating something using a new medium or technique. It’s easy to get stuck in our comfort zone when we don’t feel like we know what we are doing. But if we force ourselves out of that comfort zone, we can learn new things and become better at our jobs in the process.
Focus on something else
Another way to get over a creative block is to just switch gears entirely for a while and work on something completely different from what has been giving you trouble. It doesn’t matter what your hobby is — go do it! If you play guitar, grab it and strum for a while. If you enjoy cooking, make yourself a nice meal for once (or order takeout). It doesn’t have to cost any money — just do whatever it is that relaxes and motivates you so that your mind can wander elsewhere for the time being. When done correctly, this tactic can help relieve stress and allow us to approach our problems with fresh eyes once again when we come back to them later on down the road.
It is normal to get stuck, before sharing this, it’s been more than six hours that am stuck on my script not knowing what to do next. It might be one or two of the above tricks that will help you go forward, or any other not listed above. The most important thing is to do something that will help you move forward, go back to your creativity.