No, I’m not talking about autism nor OCD (although most people think I have both.) I’m talking about those times when you’re not in your most creative moments and nothing just seems to get your juice flowing. Some call it a “block,” whether it’s for writers, painters, musicians or sculptors. It happens to everybody and I call it getting your brain stuck. It happens to me even when I have a pen and paper and I need to create an outline to automate a process. So, how do I deal with it? I follow Nike’s advice: JUST DO IT.
- I write when I don’t feel like writing
- I walk away for a few minutes and come back to continue working
- I set a deadline to get my job done
- I find a different place to work
- I change my posture while working
- I drink a lot of water (I found out that going to the bathroom often forces me to really get things going so I can finish before my next bathroom break)
- I stop when it is time to stop
There’s a common theme in my list: they are filled with ACTION words. When my brain gets stuck, I just DO. And doing something happens with intent, even when it means taking a break. So, when you’re brain gets stuck, just DO something. And be intentional about it.