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4 Ways to Overcome Being in a Consistent Creative Rut

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Picture this: You’re staring at your computer screen trying to get work done-whether it be an essay for your English class or editing photos for your fitness blog- and you simply can’t figure out which direction to go in. This type of creative slump has happened to all of us before and there’s nothing worse than wanting to get your creative juices out and not having any innovative ideas. When you’re under stress and juggling a million responsibilities, it can easily make one feel uninspired and unable to hone in on their artistic skills. Hitting a wall when it comes to thinking of innovative ideas is undoubtedly frustrating, but a few simple lifestyle tweaks can help you move forward creatively and produce even better work. Here are 4 tips to help you get out of a consistent creative rut:

1. Switch up your surroundings.

Staring at the same four walls every time you’re working on a task is an easy way to lose motivation. Being in a new environment can help you rediscover your passion and think of new ways to tackle projects on your to-do list. Try visiting different coffee shops, libraries, or work spaces in your local area.

2. Take a moment to disconnect.

Being connected to technology 24/7 and wanting to constantly scroll through our social media pages can make it hard to focus. When you can’t clearly articulate and execute your vision like you want to, it’s best to step away from everything for a moment and take time for yourself. Clearing your mind of distractions can help you get back on track creatively.

3. Consume more relevant content.

Taking notes on how other people approached similar assignments is a great way to spark ideas. Find websites or social media pages that relate to what you’re working on. For example, if you’re a writer, visiting blogs or top news websites can help get your thoughts freely flowing.

4. Collaborate with peers.

Working with others may be what you need to get back on track. Having other people to bounce ideas off of when you’re struggling with a creative block can help you refresh your ability to think outside the box. Whether you work on a new project together or just enjoy each other’s company for a few hours, being around inspirational people can help you get out of even the deepest rut and create your best work moving forward.

SWEATLEBRITY REPORTER | Olivia Hancock is is currently a junior at Georgia State University. The 19-year-old has loved writing ever since she can remember and her passion for it has allowed her to hold the title of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Teen Reporter for five consecutive terms. In addition, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with Her Campus, Aeropostale and Nordstrom as an ambassador. Her writing has been published on xoNecole, 21 Ninety, Her Campus, One MusicFest, and The Life Currency. In the future, Olivia plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and pursue a professional career as a writer at a lifestyle publication.