Five ways to break through a creative block

Creative ideas

Do some days leave you feeling sluggish and stuck in a creative rut? Are heavy workloads and unrelenting deadlines taking a toll on your ability to be an innovative thinker or "think big"? Do you feel like every workday runs into the next?

You may be experiencing a creative block – not good news for any professional – especially if their job requires them to be creative.

Although having a work routine is essential to your time management and getting things done, incorporating changes into your day – even small ones – can be invigorating. Here are five ideas to help you break through a creative block and get re-inspired at work:

  1. Think back. What originally drew you into your job? Perhaps you loved the hands-on work of envisioning new digital projects but if you're in a managerial position, you may spend more time overseeing others than being innovative and creative. If you're doing less of what you love, ask your boss if it's possible to incorporate more of it into your job description.
  2. Break out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you hit a creative block because of doing the same thing day in and day out. If your workload permits, volunteer for projects that fall outside your job scope or allow you to interact with colleagues in other departments. Leave your “bubble” and head over to the IT team or marketing team to see what they're working on. Taking on new projects and interacting with different people can provide a fresh perspective.
  3. Get into the right work environment. Spruce up your workspace with new artwork or quotes that you find inspiring – whether it's your cube, your home office or even your desktop background. Posting examples of innovative ideas or campaigns can help fuel your creativity. Ensure you are in a creative work environment that is conducive to helping you work well.
  4. Stretch your skill set. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill and set attainable goals for mastering it. If you focus on content, research different SEO techniques and try a new method each week. If you're a digital professional, consider learning to code, and take the necessary steps to learn it. Learning a new skill can increase your creative thinking and overall value as an employee.
  5. Be a mentor. Mentoring new employees or reverse mentoring or less experienced staff members can be beneficial to both you and the trainee. You'll develop better leadership skills and help them succeed. And who knows, you may even draw inspiration from them and learn something new!

Your job shouldn’t be a drag. Small changes can have a significant impact on your outlook and on-the-job output. If all else fails, take a short holiday or extra day off. Everyone needs time to recharge and a brief respite from the daily demands of your job may be all you need to feel energised and inspired once again.