Creative Slumps: Are You Taking Action?

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Did you read yesterday’s post about getting out of a creative slump? No? Go do that real quick. Today’s post is a kind of continuation on that conversation.

OK. So did you go read it? Good. Let’s get started.

The process, when you realize you have a problem, tends to go one of three ways.

Problem -> Awareness -> Ignoring the problem/hoping it will go away on its own

Continuum diagram of a problem causing a creative slump with 3 light purple circles labeled problem, awareness, and ignore it

Problem -> Awareness -> Coming up with solution(s) -> Doing nothing/hoping the problem will go away on its own

Continuum diagram of a problem causing a creative slump with 4 light purple circles labeled problem, awareness, possible solutions, and do nothing.

Problem -> Awareness -> Coming up with solution(s) -> Taking action to solve the problem

Continuum diagram of a problem causing a creative slump with 4 light purple circles labeled problem, awareness, possible solutions, and take action. The continuum circle stops after take action.

In the first two examples, you can see how the problem continues. But when you take action, eventually the problem is solved.

I’m not pointing fingers here. I have done all three. More than once. This time, I’ve started taking action. (I bet you guess that by the title of this post, didn’t you? You smart cookie, you.)

So, yes, I’m taking action. But, specifically, what am I doing?

Writing Practice

Normally, I would recommend that you do writing practice longhand. But let’s face it. It might now get done that way. I actually started mine on the computer/tablet last night. It got done. That’s actually the goal. Sometimes it alters how you do it. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you just have to get it done. And that’s what I did.

Developing a Routine

This one is actually a bit of the same, but not at the same time. I realize that I don’t really have a set routine for getting started on things. I made it a point to get out my ear buds and start an audio book last night as I sat down to crochet. That might not be much of a routine, but it seemed to work and got me into a good headspace for getting something done. And, oddly enough, that leads me directly to my next point.

Changing It Up

Did you notice the key word in the paragraph above? I started an audio book. Emphasis on audio. This is kind of really a big deal for me. I typically just read, or read along. If I’m just going to listen, I’ll usually turn on a podcast. But I wanted to read this book and I knew that if I was going to accomplish two goals on my list last night, I would have to go the audio book route.

I’m getting something from it. Maybe not as much as if I were reading it, but I can always go back and reread or listen again later. And the book is about – get this — creating a routine. (Specifically, it’s Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, compiled by 99u Director/Editor-in-Chief Jocelyn Glei.

I am using the Kindle app on my iPad, but you can get the book pretty much anywhere you prefer to get your books. I even got the Audible narration with it, which I don’t usually do.

What Action Have You Taken to Get Out of Your Creative Slump?

Some other suggestions yesterday were to go for a drive, ride a bike, adding bits of creativity throughout the day, just to name a few. Like I said in the comments, I am legally blind (which you might know if you’ve read much here), so I can’t drive. Because of that, I would never have though of going for a drive.

If you are in a creative slump, what action are you taking to get out of it? Honestly, the sooner you do something, the better. Trust me. You have to do something because it won’t go away on its own. You have to kick it out, kind of like a momma bird kicks the baby from the next so it will learn to fly.

What are you doing? How can I support you in getting out of your slump?

5 thought on “Creative Slumps: Are You Taking Action?”

  1. Cindy Rae Fancher

    Right now I am in the opposite of a slump and I am actually kicking off a paid community on Monday that is focused on helping people develop creativity as a habit to improve their brainstorming, decision making, problem solving and creative thinking skills to enable them to better achieve their life goals. So needless to say this is a topic I am interested in. Thanks for posting!

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