Give Yourself A Break

How to beat creative ruts via Evermore Paper Co.

Let's face it . . . creative ruts happen. Whether you're up against a deadline or working on new products, posts, you name it, suffering from a lack of ideas or feeling generally uninspired can be really frustrating (or at least for me it is). Or perhaps, you're working too hard and nearing burnout. Whatever the case is, I've often found that the best medicine is to take a step back from the work itself and give yourself and your mind a little break. Here are some of my go-to methods for helping to get those creative juices flowing again: 

1. Go on a walk. Fresh air. Enough said.

2. Create for the fun of it. Take time to do something that feels less like work and more like fun. Lately, I've been dabbling in some macrame because tying tons of little knots is wildly therapeutic to me. 

3. Read a book or listen to a podcast. I tend to focus a lot on biz-related books and casts (like The Lively Show) with hopes that I'll discover a lesson that I can apply to my own work. Also, I just really enjoy hearing other people's success stories. 

4. Go to a museum or exhibit. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing quite like admiring the work of the great classics. 

5. Explore somewhere new. I like to play tourist in my own city all the time. Letting your eyes see new things can do wonders for the mind. 

6. Take a class. I think its so important that you always keep learning. I've recently become hooked on Skillshare

7. Experiment with a new medium. There's no pressure because you're just a beginner and perhaps you'll even stumble into an idea that you can incorporate into your work.

8. Get a good night's rest. Chances are your brain is just zapped and needs time to digest everything you've been feeding it lately. 

9. Document your surroundings or create a mood board. Looking more closely at the things around me often helps me discover new themes to work with. 

10. Drink some wine. Let's be honest . . . sometimes you just need a nice tall glass of red to ease the process. 

Please share if you have any tips or tricks that you use to help avoid a creative rut. I'd love to hear them!