Blank sheets of paper. A blinking cursor. Both are signs of untapped creativity. Next time a block hits, Web Worker Daily suggests getting the creative juices flowing again by applying some diversion techniques.
Photo by Fossil Watchman.
Instead of trying to immerse yourself fully in a project when you're feeling blocked, the diversion technique involves setting aside a chunk of time—Web Worker's Georgina Laidlaw gives herself three days—in advance of a project day.
Then, on each day between now and that scheduled date, Georgina suggests setting aside "half an hour or more to give some thought to the project".
Perhaps each day I'll think of a different aspect of the work or maybe I'll spend most of the time thinking about the output I need to produce and planning how I'll do that.
The larger goal of diversion is to give your mind some free time to think abstractly so that by the time the three-day period ends and you're getting started on the project, you'll hopefully be armed with some concrete ideas to hash out. If you find yourself still coming up short, maybe something like previously mentioned web-based mind mapping tool MindMeister can help boost your brainstorming session.
Bust That Creative Block! [Web Worker Daily]