Creative blocks are not all the same and happen for many reasons. Recognizing the type of block you’re experiencing is vital to the process of overcoming it.
Some creative blocks are easy to overcome, while others can be frustrating as they become an ongoing habit. So let’s consider some of the blocks to our creative productivity.
This is not the realm of the lazy and indolent – contrary to popular belief. Procrastination is a very real emotional response that blocks your thinking when it binds your emotions to an outcome too much.
It causes the sufferer to act on assumptions that limit their perspective – assumptions like they are going to fail, will never be able to finish what they started, or they are not good enough to do the job properly, no matter how much they want to.
Creativity is not always a pursuit that allows for comfort and when someone spends long enough in discomfort it becomes their default setting.
So they find it impossible to see that the process can be an easy one and they cling to the idea that they can only be doing it right if it’s difficult; putting off completing tasks until they have no other choice.
The only way you can overcome procrastination is to detach your feelings from the results and create a system that is so habitual you force yourself into working without even considering an alternative.
Fear of Rejection
Creative work is intensely personal , and it opens up our very thought processes to others. Putting yourself out there where it’s easy to be criticized is a source of emotional pain and worry for some people.
You need a thick skin when so many others will be viewing your creative work and you cannot let the opinions of others paralyze you with fear.
Overcoming this fear involves distancing yourself from what others think and surrounding yourself with mementos of praise for work you are proud of, like testimonials on your website or emails from pleased clients.
Some workplaces can be problematic with office politics and working from home might seem an ideal way to escape that issue.
But it may make matters worse when you are in the absence of human interaction and left alone to figure out the meaning of something that may seem ambiguous.
But instead of becoming overwhelmed, use your time to become more self reliant and develop strategies to separate yourself from interpersonal issues and more focus on solutions and ideas.
If you don’t take care of the money you earn, you might end up doubtful about your ability to earn and your own self worth.
Managing your money and finances will help you live the life you should be living and allow you to feel more confident about the things you are creating in life.
This will help you to focus more on personal accomplishments, which will be tied to your creative energy, and keep you from spending money mindlessly.