3 Quick Ways to Break Your Creative Block
Suffering from a Creative Block?
“I’m not Creative! I just don’t know what to post!”
Most likely, if you have found this post, you may have just shouted this exclamation or experienced it. Believe me, when I say, every female entrepreneur with a presence on social media has probably said the same thing a time or two. Even the “Creative” types.
Creative: “Relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something”.Oxford Dictionary
Looking at the definition of the word “creative”, you can see that there are no exclusions to the definition and therefore, I believe, that we all have the ability to create, making us “Creative” and with that out of the way, let’s proceed.
There are numerous ways to help you out of a creative block. Today I am going to focus on three of them that were chosen specifically for those times when you are feeling mentally stumped but still need to get something posted on your business social media accounts. Now, remember, we are going to relate these to business but each of them can carry over into your personal life.
Keep a running list of who inspires you or who you’re drawn to. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Especially if you are using the resources as a tool to inspire your own creativity. It doesn’t matter if your creative block is in what to write or what type of graphic to create, the process works across the board.
Creativity Sparks Creativity
Ask yourself, “Whose posts do I always stop, read and interact with”? Take note of how they write as well as what they are writing about.
Ask yourself, “Whose graphics do I ALWAYS stop my scroll for?”.
Keeping an easily accessible, inspiration list, is key. Make sure it’s easy to find and that you have access to it where you usually create.
Action Item: Grab screenshots and keep in an album, a file, or a program. When you run into a “Creative Block” refer back and write your own post, create your own graphic, using the original one as a template.
Start at the End
Whether you’re naturally a planner or not, it has no relevance to your abilities to proceed with a plan of some kind, starting now and moving forward. So you always want to define a goal before posting and you can ask yourself this question:
What do I want to achieve by posting?
- Increase Engagement
- Brand Awareness
- Convert the Audience to Customers
- Entertain My Target Audience
Your goal can help you decide what you should post today and possibly lead you to an entire strategy for the rest of the week or month.
Action Item: Don’t overwhelm yourself, but think of something you would like to achieve at the end of a period of time. Whether it’s a week, 2 weeks or a month, define your goal. When you do this, it allows you a jump-off point of what you can and should post in order to help reach that goal.
Ask Yourself Why
Sometimes when we are feeling rushed, we also lack the patience to find a solution. This can result in us being reactive and posting something that we know may not be the best choice or in the worst-case scenario, not post anything at all. Not posting, as you know, goes against the best strategy of consistency.
So instead of being reactive, take a breath and work systematically through the issue. Define the problem and then ask yourself WHY until clarity starts to shine through.
Action Item: Next time you run into a hard stop, define the issue and then ask yourself “Why” until you get closer to the solution or have an “ah-ha” moment. Check out my example below.
I can’t think of what to post today on my business page.
Because I need to post today and don’t have time to “be creative”.
Because I waited till the last minute.
Because I always forget.
Because I don’t make it a priority.
Because I get little return.
What Did We Learn By Asking, Why?
Well alrighty then! Look at how much you worked out just by asking WHY.
- You know you struggle with creativity when you are under pressure and post on the fly.
- – You identified that you don’t have the capability to be creative while being reactive.
- – In addition, it’s not a task that you prioritize because you get very little feedback.
As you can see from the example, you have not only found interesting things to write about. For example, “What do you do to get creative?”
and “What types of things do you ALWAYS stop to read while on social media?” You also have some defined areas of improvement for your business. Take note of them and work them into your schedule to improve upon the in the near future.
Creativity isn’t infinite. It doesn’t run out and it’s not a trait reserved to painters, crafters, and writers. Each one of us is capable of brainstorming and systematically solving our posting woes. You are creative. It’s time you show the world.