Nearly every entrepreneur has experienced it at one time or another. You sit down to write a blog post, social media marketing piece, or create a new product. There, right in front of you is that blank screen, staring laughingly back at you, mocking your lack of ideas. If your mind is simply out of ideas, and it feels like your creative juices are at a standstill, here are five easy-to-use tips that will help get things moving again.
Tip # 1: Change your Environment—Change Your Outlook
Believe it or not, the one thing that could be causing the most problems is the environment that you are in right now. Sure, it is conducive for creating once you have a hold of inspiration’s tail, but what about now? Take a few moments, take the dog for a walk or go down to the corner market and buy a few odds and ends. Something as simple as a conversation with the fellow customer in the checkout line can be a great source of inspiration.
Tip # 2: Do, Do, Do
For some, getting the creative juices flowing isn’t about running out of fuel, it’s about priming the engine. Just as a person would hit a primer button on a lawn mower to get the fuel throughout the engine, so an entrepreneur will do to get the creative juices flowing to all parts of their mind. In the beginning it doesn’t really matter what you make. It could be complete and utter nonsense. Sometimes the physical act of creating is enough to spark a connection within the mind and get things going again.
Tip # 3: Move to a Different Existing Idea
Ever wonder why most entrepreneurs have multiple projects going on at once? It isn’t because they are indecisive. For many of us, the easiest way to get the creative juice swirling in our bodies again is to move on to a different topic. If you’re writing, sometimes switching from a murder mystery to a topic like marine turtles can be a great way to get new ideas. The human mind is extremely good at forming relationships and connections between different ideas. It will look to make an association between nearly everything. This tip merely makes use of this innate ability.
Tip # 4: Take a Nap
Surprised? In truth, you really shouldn’t be. One of the most common reasons for a lack of creativity is exhaustion. How many times have you stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning to finish that last project? Think back to the day following that all night creating binge. How effective was your time? Often a short nap can allow you to awaken refreshed, and able to look at your project with new eyes.
Tip # 5: Brainstorm!
Remember when you were a student and your teacher made you write down a list of ideas, anything that would come into your mind? This technique is commonly called brainstorming and it isn’t just for students. This technique is a great way for entrepreneurs to get the creative juices flowing as well. So if you want to get things going, try breaking out a number two pencil and list the things traveling through your mind, no matter how obscure they may be.
These are just a few of the tips that you can use to get the creative juices flowing in your mind. Using these techniques could very well mean that your bouts of creativity last for a very long time.
Do you have other ideas? Share them in the comments below!
Kim HawkinsAugust 19, 2013
Changing the subject, I love it. I often get stuck when I have my agenda set to write about ‘x’ but my mind won’t participate. I need to give myself permission to this more often. Just because it’s not in line with the outline doesn’t really mean it’s out of order.
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