How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Some people might not think of writer’s block as a big problem, but I do. Having writer’s block is like being a fish that cannot swim. And since writing is not only what I love to do but it’s also how I pay my bills, I literally cannot afford to be “blocked up.” Are you in a similar situation? Try the following tips to push through your creative blocks instead of just being frustrated.

  • Analyze the way you work: Take a look at the way you do things. Can you actually not write or create anything, or are other things getting in the way? Maybe you can’t concentrate at home or the office. Or maybe you get distracted by answering the phone or email instead of working. It might not be that you’re blocked up creatively at all. You might merely be hindering your own productivity. Combat that with these productivity systems.
  • Take breaks: This isn’t an excuse to marathon Game of Thrones when you should be working. But if you’ve been struggling to solve a problem, your best bet might be to look at something else. Trying to force yourself to come up with a solution is not only stressful, but it’s also futile.
  • Do less: Do you think about everything you have to do while lying in bed? If so, you might be creatively blocked because you don’t have enough cognitive resources for all the projects you’re trying to accomplish. It’s important to learn what your bandwidth is before you start missing important deadlines.
  • Change where you work: Depending on your profession, this might be easier said than done. But if you can work from home a few days a week, try it. Conversely, if you work from home, try going to a coffee shop or co-working space. Being in a new environment will change the way you feel about your work – which can definitely help you if you’re caught in a rut.
  • Just do it: This is last on our list because it could be the most important. Sometimes, we worry about how perfect something needs to be. But we say, just do it! When it comes to writing, multiple drafts are key. Sometimes half the battle is putting words on a page. Once you finish a task you can always go back and improve on it.

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Fight Distractions at the Office!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Some people might not think of writer’s block as a big problem, but I do. Having writer’s block is like being a fish that cannot swim. And since writing is not only what I love to do but it’s also how I pay my bills, I literally cannot afford to be “blocked up.” Are you in a similar situation? Try the following tips to push through your creative blocks instead of just being frustrated.

  • Analyze the way you work: Take a look at the way you do things. Can you actually not write or create anything, or are other things getting in the way? Maybe you can’t concentrate at home or the office. Or maybe you get distracted by answering the phone or email instead of working. It might not be that you’re blocked up creatively at all. You might merely be hindering your own productivity. Combat that with these productivity systems.
  • Take breaks: This isn’t an excuse to marathon Game of Thrones when you should be working. But if you’ve been struggling to solve a problem, your best bet might be to look at something else. Trying to force yourself to come up with a solution is not only stressful, but it’s also futile.
  • Do less: Do you think about everything you have to do while lying in bed? If so, you might be creatively blocked because you don’t have enough cognitive resources for all the projects you’re trying to accomplish. It’s important to learn what your bandwidth is before you start missing important deadlines.
  • Change where you work: Depending on your profession, this might be easier said than done. But if you can work from home a few days a week, try it. Conversely, if you work from home, try going to a coffee shop or co-working space. Being in a new environment will change the way you feel about your work – which can definitely help you if you’re caught in a rut.
  • Just do it: This is last on our list because it could be the most important. Sometimes, we worry about how perfect something needs to be. But we say, just do it! When it comes to writing, multiple drafts are key. Sometimes half the battle is putting words on a page. Once you finish a task you can always go back and improve on it.

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Fight Distractions at the Office!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

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