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How to Overcome Common Creative Obstacles

January 26, 2018

If you work in a creative or problem-solving position, chances are you are going to hit a roadblock that will stop your productivity in its tracks. These setbacks can include anything from the common writer’s block, exhaustion or anything in between.

Many young professionals wonder “How can I push through?”, “How do other people do it?” or “Am I the only person who feels this way?” Don’t worry, although creative setbacks are common, they are also easily solved.

Writer’s block

If you are unfamiliar with writer’s block, it is characterized as feeling as though you are unable to finish a writing piece, write something that makes sense or that’s “good enough”. Every writer experiences this, even the greats. Most of the time, writer’s block is all in the writer’s head.

Step back and think about your motives for writing the piece you are stuck on. Go for a walk, mull over your ideas and think of a new direction. Once you have worked out your thoughts, return to writing. This may seem like a simple solution to a problem that troubles even expert writers, but the root of writer’s block is usually straightforward: a combination of overthinking and a cluttered mind.

Repetitive ideas

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Fortunately, it is just as simple to pull yourself out of the rut, as it is to get in one.

Schedule time with coworkers to discuss your dilemma and ask if anyone has a possible solution. Do not be afraid of reading up on trends, scrolling through your favorite Instagram accounts (be careful not to spend too much time doing this!) or speaking with your target market about their interests.


We are all familiar with the “work hard, play hard” mentality. This idea refers to striving tirelessly toward your goals, while still maintaining an exciting social life. This is many people’s goal; however, we must remember that weekends and vacations exist for a reason. These breaks are to ensure people do not overwork themselves into exhaustion.

When you take care of your brain and body, you feel better and the ideas will flow! Once you learn the value of reevaluating, you will find that your creative dilemmas will shrink!