Check Your Ego At The Door
A creative brainstorming session is no place for a big ego. No one feels comfortable sharing ideas if they fear every single one will get squashed. Also, pride can be a blinding light, a hindrance to possible great ideas.
Be Open To Silliness
This is something creative people tend not to struggle with (as least I don’t). Being silly can loosen up our creative muscles, and bring to light a variety of ideas (no matter how far-fetched) even if they aren’t chosen. Be silly, make someone laugh, get out of your comfort zone, and see what can happen!
This is where I struggle sometimes. It depends on the project I’m working on, but oftentimes I have this self-made scope for a timeline, and when I’m not keeping up with it, I get stressed out. Stress hinders creativity in my work. I have to remind myself to be patient, to take a break and come back to the drawing board, and give the process space to move slowly.
Change Your Scenery
Take a walk, go to a coffee shop, take your notebook outside. Whether you take your creative thinking to a new place, or if you give yourself a mindless break to be refreshed, a change of scenery can help greatly. Would you agree?
Do Your Research
I like to do the tedious, seemingly grunt work on the front end of a project, and then think creatively. Do thorough research before you begin — learn about a client or product or situation, establish goals within the project, discover competition within the industry, etc. Making time in the beginning to compile information you need to create something great can be extremely beneficial.
How do you get out of a creative block? Do you have particular habits that you feel help you be more creative? Leave a comment below!