Designers know it well: you’re designing away for hours on end and all the sudden–there’s nothing. You’ve hit the dreaded creative roadblock. Maybe it’s because there are a million things on your mind or because you’ve been staring at the screen for way too long. Either way, it’s frustrating, and sometimes shaking it isn’t easy. We’ve compiled a list of things that can help you get back to creating when you’re stuck.
1. Walk/run/skip/jump–move. Get out of your chair and move your body, whether it’s taking a few laps around the office or going outside and getting away from the screen for a while.
2. Have a drink (or two or three) with friends.
3. Find some inspiration. Get out and experience the world, and find inspiration in everyday things. If you can’t leave your desk, click around the web to see what’s being done to get the ideas flowing again.
4. Get out a pencil and paper and sketch out your idea. You might see your design in a different way once it’s actually in your hands.
5. Play video games.
6. Get out of the office and talk to real people.
7. Go to a movie. Or a concert. Or a play.
8. Look at the design from a completely different point of view. Ask a 12-year-old what they think, or your grandmother, or (bonus points) someone who might actually use the end product.
9. Make something. Coffee, a meal, a thank-you card, a cake, a piece of art.
10. Play an instrument.
11. Go for a long drive and listen to loud music.
12. If all else fails, start with a blank page and see where it goes.
Tell us what you do to get unstuck. Send a Tweet to @HeyFlywheel. Here’s what some of our followers have already come up with:
Give us your words of wisdom–how do you get the creative juices flowing again when you’ve hit a roadblock?
— Flywheel (@HeyFlywheel) January 15, 2014