The ABC’s of Getting Un-stuck Creatively

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by on February 27, 2016

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The ABC’s of Getting Un-stuck Creatively

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Sometimes, despite our best efforts we get stuck creatively. To kickstart your brain I’ve prepared a list of ways to get un-stuck – I hope that some will be useful for you. Perhaps pair 2 or 3 together experiment with them to see if it can help break you loose.

A. Ask a question you’re very curious about, and dig up some interesting answers.

B. Break your routine, do things in a new order.

C. Cut out something you thought was crucial.

D. Drink a ton of water. Drink two or three cups in a row.

E. Eat something you deeply enjoy.

F. Finish the project – even in a way that isn’t perfect, and then review.

G. Grant yourself permission to do something risky.

H. Hush your inner critic.

I. Incentivize yourself with a couple small prizes, or a big prize.

J. Joke around or watch something hilarious.

K. Killing an old idea you have about the creative process.

L. Love someone else in a positive physical way, like writing them a note or doing a favor.

M. Meditating – Sit with your back tall and focus your mind solely on breathing.

N. Napping – give the brain a rest and power down for a bit.

The ABCs of Getting Unstuck Creatively - Napping - Benefits

O. Offer to help someone else with a creative problem and try to help them.

P. Pull a U-turn – Try to do the exact opposite of the direction your currently pursuing.

Q. Quit – do something else entirely that’s just for fun.

R. Research the subject in a deeper way, relax into the process of learning.

S. Steal something brilliant from something that deeply inspires you

T. Trick yourself into doing it by dividing it into 5 small specific chunks.

U. Understand it doesn’t really matter anyways.

V. Visit with a friend and get a new perspective.

W. Whip out a skill/passion you haven’t messed with in awhile.

X. X-factor – Solve the problem as if it leaving space for the key variable and it will be solved later.

Y. Yes – Say yes to every idea that comes into your head until it’s finished and then subtract.

Z. Zero in on what drives your passion through the roof, write it down.


Believe it or not, I’m not the first person to come up with some ways to break you out of a creative funk. Here are a couple other articles on the subject:

1. 20 Ways to Overcome Creative Block – Creative Bloq
2. 13 Weird Ways to Work Through Creative Block – Goins Writer
3. 7 tricks to help you work through a creative block – Crew Blog
4. 10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work
5. 11 Tricks For Battling Creative Blocks, From Leading Creatives


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