Have you ever sat down and tried to come up with new ideas or content for your business, but you felt like you couldn’t come up with anything? If you’ve had this feeling, you’ve experienced a creative block. Creative blocks are a type of burnout where you feel limited in what you can create for your business. Creative blocks happen to the best of us, and it’s okay! They’re super common and expected in this line of work. Let’s learn how to breakthrough your creative block.
One reason a lot of entrepreneurs hit a creative block is that they’re stressed in their jobs or life. Stress can take away a lot of your creativity and make it hard to produce new and exciting things for your business. We’ve been there and done that! We know what it’s like to be in that position, so we’re here to suggest some ways to get unstuck. Keep reading to learn five ways to break through your creative block!
Incorporating Play Into Your Business and Life
Natalie Frank spoke at Spark this week and talked about how you need a combination of process and play in your business to thrive. Play enhances your creativity, helps you get unstuck, and encourages innovation and new thinking. This made us think about all the ways we can bring play into our business and life as entrepreneurs and small business owners.
When you’re busy running a business, stepping back and making time to have some fun might take the back burner. In this blog post, we wanted to come up with a few ways that aided creativity but still prioritized fun. Feel free to do these activities with a few business peers, friends, family, or just you!
5 Ways to Breakthrough Your Creative Block by Incorporating Play
Try something new that excites you
When you try something new, shoot for something that excites you or is out of your comfort zone. Immersing yourself in this experience can get your creative juices flowing and have you back up and running! You’ll gain another perspective that you can use to approach your work and creative process.
Doing something new doesn’t have to be complicated! Take a cooking class, join a sports team, find a moms’ group, or learn a new language! There are so many groups and resources available for activities out there you can find and access. The point is to do something you’ve always wanted to do and make the time to do it.
Connect with nature and leave your devices behind
Getting up and moving your body is a great way to give your mind a break from screens and work. When we spend so much of our time plugged in, it can be hard to take a step back and find sources of creativity that don’t exist online. Instead of turning to the internet for your next dose of inspiration, leave your electronics behind and connect with nature instead.
This is super easy to do! Get outside and take a short walk around your neighborhood, plan a trip to a national park, or discover some hiking trails in your area. If you can’t leave without your phone, make it a point to listen to an informative podcast or music while you’re outside!
Getting outside and connecting with nature isn’t just good for your physical and mental health. It helps increase your creativity, so it’s a great way to get unstuck! If you need a quick creativity breakthrough, connecting with nature is the way to do it.
Reading can provide business owners with tons of valuable insights. It allows you to see new perspectives, learn more about a concept, and broaden your understanding of the world. Reading has been proven to increase creativity and innovation, making it a great option for breaking through that creative block you’re experiencing.
You can incorporate reading in a ton of ways in and outside of your business! You can encourage reading in the workplace by starting a book club with your coworkers. You can get amazing book recs and keep each other accountable with reading! Here are some of our faves.
If you’re not a fan of book clubs, reading alone is just as enriching. Do whatever you feel will keep you learning more. When you pick up a book to read, it can be business or non-business-related. However, you shouldn’t add pressure! Keep reading for fun. When you add pressure to these creative tasks, they start to make your creative block worse.
Laughing is one of the best stress relievers out there! Laughter boosts your creativity and problem-solving skills. Finding humor in the small things is a great way to relieve stress and get you out of that creative rut. Watch your favorite comedy movie, spend time with people who make you LOL, or maybe try a comedy club!
If you need a laugh, check out our Instagram reels. We at least think we’re funny 🤣
Other creative outlets
If you’re facing a creative rut in your job, try doing something else creative that doesn’t involve your job or work tasks. When you think too hard about being creative in your job, it actually limits your creativity. In this case, the best choice is to step back and express creativity elsewhere (that isn’t work!)
If you’re into art, try drawing, painting, coloring, pottery, or needlework. If none of those options sound up your alley, try other activities, like puzzles, craft books, and scrapbooks! You can also find craft ideas on Pinterest or Instagram for a little bit of creative inspo.
When you hit a creative block, you don’t have to sit idly by and wait for it to pass! You can take action and gently lean into creative tasks without exacerbating your creative burnout. When you’re trying new things to reduce creative burnout, be sure that you keep the bar low and don’t expect too much out of these activities. The point is to have fun!
Are you going to try any of these ideas to get through your creative block? Let us know which ones are your favorite and the other activities you do to get out of a creative block!