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HOW TO GET OVER A CREATIVE BLOCK | TIPS






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For the past few days, I've had a serious case of the 'creative block' syndrome. It's honestly a really awful feeling that's hard to shake off when being creative is all you have. I can go through phases where I have a stream of ideas that flow through me in all aspects of my life - design, makeup & everyday life, and then, on the other hand, I could have weeks of dry spells of nothing. If you are ever in this situation here are a few things I do to get my creative juices flowing again:

ASSESS THE SITUATION:

Assess yourself completely. You must address the root problem of what's blocking you - this could be either your work environment, people around you, social media etc. By doing this you can eliminate the issue.

GET IT DOWN ON PAPER:

I always do this when I'm stuck on how I could develop an idea, write your main ideas or keyword down, and create a list or a spider diagram and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. You will always find yourself with unique and original combinations of words and in turn, they can turn into various ideas. 

DO SOMETHING YOU ARE GOOD AT:

Self-doubt in your work is what’s keeping creative ideas away, this can be a major issue which can somewhat damage your self-esteem. In my case, whenever I face an annoying creative slump, and can't seem to find a solution out of it, it really does affect my confidence, preventing the flow of inspiration. I find it extremely comforting in a time of a creative struggle, to turn to a completely different activity that I know I’m very good at, engaging in something you’re good at and acknowledging the outcome can definitely be a great self-esteem boost.

SEEK PROGRAMS:

 I'm always looking for programs and apps to aid my creative process, programs like be focused Pomodoro 'focus timer'  can help keep you on track. It allows you to write your task you need to complete and sets you a time to complete it - all customizable to your chosen task. Other programs such as 'Self Control can also keep those distractions at bay. These were heaven sent when I was at university and to this day I always refer back to them. - Programs are linked.

GO SOMEWHERE NEW:

Move around. Something I learnt at university,  Don’t confine your thoughts to the walls of your room, heading out to a drop-in workspace, library or a cafe this can spark up your thinking process and inspire new ideas.

TODO LIST:
If you know me personally, you would learn how much I love writing a 'to-do list'. However, there can be days where I give myself too much which can be quite overwhelming. Enforcing restrictions can surprisingly open up new forms of inspiration. Setting up a parameter that you work in, giving yourself one thing to focus on and then within those restrictions it will hopefully give you a starting point to develop.

GET UP FROM YOUR DESK AND TAKE A BREAK & FAST FROM TECHNOLOGY:
To stay on schedule, you’ll be more productive if you take a break. Take a short walk outside, go for a jog or pop to your nearest shop. The point is to take a break from the stress you’ve put yourself under and let your mind wander. 

'ME TIME':

This is important. Working on too many projects at once can really stifle your creativity. I have to constantly remind myself to take breaks from work, turn off the computer at a certain time and move away. If you're feeling burned out, struggling to move on to the next step, take some time to yourself and turn everything off for a few of days or hours and come back refreshed. 

Keep this list handy and you’ll have a starting point next time you’re feeling stuck. I hope this has helped anyone (well at least one person) who is also going through this horrible phase in your life. 

On another note, I adore daily street style pics. I used to do them a lot on here (check the archive hunny) I wish to do some more particularly this summer, we are currently being blessed with amazing weather in London. Definitely a go-to of mine, I would say I dress for comfort, yet still celebrating my personal style & culture while still looking modest without resembling an Asian granny - check out my recent interview with Tahmina Begum at the HuffingtonPost, where I spoke on my favourite places to shop stylish pieces, while still dressing modestly - here
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