Clients May Overlook Creative Blocks
As creatives (writers, influencers, etc.), we sometimes encounter creative blocks. In industries that rely on creative output, it can be difficult for the client requesting the services to understand the burnout often associated with creating content. It is important to take certain measures to rejuvenate, clear your mind, and inspire new ideas, in order to remain productive and in alignment with your goals.
It is best to take a step back if needed to attend to your mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, rather than feeling pressured to “crank out” content or ideas to suit a client’s demands, which will only result in a subpar effort on your end. I am not suggesting you neglect meeting deadlines, however, with proper planning, you should be able to produce timely work while allowing for dealing with any unforeseen creative blocks.
Ease Your Mind and Emotions to Release Creative Blocks
Avoid Unreasonable Deadlines
A great first step in dealing with creative blocks is to take the pressure off by avoiding them, to begin with. It is not necessarily possible to completely avoid creative blocks since they can be unpredictable. But do what you can to avoid placing yourself in stressful situations that may interfere with a successful creative process, such as dealing with clients that impose unreasonably tight deadlines.
Aim to partner with a certain echelon of client that respects you as a professional in your field, understands you have other clients you are producing content for, and has consideration for you as a human being.
Creative Blocks are Par for the Course
Accept the Inevitable
Accepting that creative blocks are a natural part of the creative process, will also relieve a lot of undue pressure on yourself. Developing unique and effective content, in the form of writing, images, music, etc. is considered a gift by many so you should not feel obligated to produce these types of materials on demand. They flow from a place of inspiration and spontaneity.
Enjoy Other Creative Works to Prompt Ingenuity
Relax Your Mind, Emotions, and Body
A helpful way to release your own creative blocks is to enjoy the creativity of other artists. They may be in a completely different field than yourself, but often, appreciating the work of others can stimulate innovative ideas. You may consider listening to music, perhaps the type that also helps with soothing your mind and emotions, while encouraging relaxation, such as binaural beats or particular hertz frequencies.
You may want to escape for a bit into the writings or artwork of other talented creatives as a way to unwind and forget your creative blocks for a while. Other forms of healthy escapism, like exercise or participating in beneficial coping mechanisms of your choice are also a great place to turn.
Just Get Started
Sometimes the best way to break past a creative block is to just get started creating content. Even just putting together an outline or rough draft, in the case of writing, can be incredibly helpful. This can often provoke ideas as you go through the process.
Taking any kind of action will help you feel less overwhelmed by the overall task. It will give you a greater sense of control and staying on track with accomplishing your goals. You will feel less helpless and more calm, knowing you at least handled what you could.
When creative blocks cross your path, just remember they are par for the course, take a breather, and engage in some positive means of coping. Avoid too much procrastination and keep focused on regaining that fire of motivation being lit under you again. Keep in mind what initially moved you to enter your creative field and the passions that drove you. They are highly likely to return.
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