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Are You Stuck in a Creative Block?

Are You Stuck in a Creative Block?

Sometimes it can happen that we feel stuck. Quite stuck. Just like how the writers sometimes get caught in the web of words – or the lack thereof – other creatives also get stuck; wherein they either run out of ideas or are unable to act on the ideas they already have.

Why does this happen? If we are inherently creative, then why is it that sometimes the creative engines just stall? Why this creative block?

It happens because just like there is a clogging of tubes and things, similarly there is a clogging of the mind. When the mind is overloaded with too many things to be done, it is unable to focus on anything, and there is absolutely no blank space in the mind to do something new, something apart from the thoughts clogging it.

In simple words, if there are too many things on your to-do list, which are not struck off, you are highly likely to have this problem.

But it is important to understand, that there are many things we don’t put on our “to-do” lists, but they are important to us just the same – like calling up an old friend, cleaning the door mats, solve the rubic’s cube… the list is as varied as there are human beings in this world.

We are typically more sincere with the promises we make to others than those we make to our own selves, unfortunately. But any promises, resolutions we make to us is also just as important. When there is  a long waiting list in either of these, or both, the clogging becomes more and more, and after a certain point, nothing happens.

So here is the solution:

Step 1

Make a list of ALL commitments, resolutions, promises you have made to yourself or others or both. All of them. Doesnt matter if it is as small as changing the liquid in your mosquito repellent machine. Write it down.

Step 2

Start fulfilling all of these. Take a few days to just start fulfilling all these. If you can’t fulfill them, make a clear decision that you don’t want to or won’t be able to fulfill that task. If it involves someone else,  tell this to them, simply. Nothing fancy.

When you start doing this, slowly your mind space will automatically open up to allow for more and more creativity to blossom! It is a simple process, but some of the best solutions in life are.

Be Creative!

References:

Creativity, the Integrity of  Thinking

1Comment
  • kim kwan ho
    Posted at 22:26h, 17 December Reply

    Loved this sentence! “When the mind is overloaded with too many things to be done, it is unable to focus on anything, and there is absolutely no blank space in the mind to do something new, something apart from the thoughts clogging it.” I was just in my process of clogging my mind after the exams finished 🙂

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