As a writer, I am always looking for inspiration to create. New ideas for blog posts, social media content, positioning statements, you name it. But sometimes I hit a wall and find myself in a creative rut.

Anytime I get in a rut, I stop the task I’m working on. I don’t write unless I’m feeling good or feeling inspired. If I feel like the task is dragging on, I step away from it. I’ve learned that trying to write or do something when you don’t have the energy for it always translate to more work and time spent on the task. Additionally, I learned you end up putting this unnecessary pressure on yourself to create.

So what are some ways to break out of your creative rut? Here are some of the things I do.

Never force it

I’ve had to learn that it is okay to step away from a task. It removes the pressure surrounding it. Unless you really need that pressure or deadline to complete something (some people use this as motivation), don’t place that pressure on your shoulders.

Reframe your mindset and goals

Sometimes I find myself in a rut because I’m overwhelmed by my to-do list or deliverables. I have learned to stop saying “I have so many things to do”. Instead I step back and make a list of what I need to get done. If I don’t get everything done, it’s not the end of the world. By changing my attitude it changes my perspective and alleviates the stress.

Take a Walk

Fresh air is good for the body and the mind. Maybe you’ll even see something cool on your walk and snap a photo for social media.

Block off time in your calendar

Book your creative time just like you book your meetings. Preferably after something else you do on a regular basis. It’s easier to make a new habit when it’s attached to an existing. Every week, I set aside time on the same day, same time to blog. 

Ask a fellow creative to meet up

Have a friend in the creative field? Ask them to grab coffee or lunch. Pick their brain. Brainstorm with them. It’s a new perspective and quality time with someone important to you. You might leave with a burst of creative ideas.

Shake up your routine

Sometimes I just need to shake up my normal schedule. I’ll try a new route on my run. Sign up for a new workout class. Or try a new restaurant.

What tips do you have for climbing out of a creative rut? Answer in the comments below!