It happens to the most creative and productive people, even those who inspire us: the creative slump.
Periods of disillusionment and lack of inspiration can affect you at any time, no matter your level of success or how you felt yesterday.
You might be sitting around waiting for that light bulb moment, for your inner dialogue to kick back into gear and deliver brilliance once again.
Fortunately, with the right tools and a solid plan of attack, you can break out of the creative slump on your own, without waiting for your brain to magically come back to life.
So how do you get back on track?
First, eliminate distractions.
Put away your phone, turn off notifications, close irrelevant tabs or programs on your computer, and close the door.
Get rid of anything in your environment that may contribute to procrastination or steal your focus.
Set Centered to block out distracting apps or notifications during your Flow session.
A specific target gives you a clear vision of how to get there.
It might be writing 1,000 words, drawing three images, or contacting three new clients. Enter the Tasks that will enable you to complete your goal into your Flow Playlist, then tackle each one step-by-step.
If you’re still staring at a blank screen and don’t feel motivated, try changing up your environment.
Perform a simple Task to get your creative juices flowing; sometimes little victories go a long way.
Take your brainstorming outside—sit under a tree with a cup of coffee or walk your pet around the neighborhood.
Hash out the big details first; focus on the finer details later.
A fresh perspective and new scenery can sometimes be all you need to boost your mental state.
Neuroscientists have discovered that our brains have multiple networks that exist parallel to one another. Sometimes distracting one network with repetitive, simple tasks, such as making dinner, walking the dog, or washing the dishes, free up another network to form new ideas and discover an “aha!” moment.
Performing the most mundane tasks can be the perfect way to let your mind wander to new places and discover thoughts you couldn’t access before.
Once inspiration hits you, grab your headphones, sit down and open Centered, and Flow.