We’ve all been there, regardless of whether you’re writing a paper for class or writing the next great American novel. We’ve all gotten writer’s block and it’s really hard to get past. Fortunately, our experience has given us a few tried and true ways to get over it.
Take a Break
It’s easy to get burnt out staring at the same thing all day. No matter how hard you try, everything is going to run together and you’ll end up reading or writing the same sentence 10 times and getting nowhere.
Take your mind off of it by finding something else to do for a while. Here are a few ideas:
- Take a walk around your office or go for a jog around the neighborhood. Maybe that jog will get those creative juices flowing. You never know, maybe all you needed was a little vitamin D to get over that block. If so, consider taking your work outside.
- Read a chapter in that new book you’ve been meaning to start.
- Knock out a couple of things on your to-do list.
- Eat lunch — away from your desk.
- Watch an episode of your favorite show. Just don’t get too into it – you have to get back to work at some point!
Get Rid of Distractions
It’s easy to get distracted when the entire world is at your fingertips. Eliminate those distractions by staying away from the TV and staying off other websites.
If you can’t muster the self-control, unplug the TV and put your phone in another room. Download a website blocker to prevent you from accessing certain — or all — websites. There are plenty out there, like Productivity Owl and StayFocused for Chrome. Or Leechblock for Firefox. If you don’t need the internet at all, you could even unplug your router.
Put It Off for Another Day
Sometimes it’s best to come back and look at your work with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. If you have the luxury of doing so, put it on the backburner for the rest of the day. Try not to think about it until you come back to it tomorrow.
Try Some Background Noise — Or Absolute Silence
Personally, I can’t work in complete silence, so I always have something playing in the background whether it’s music, a Podcast, a book on tape, or the news. Just find something that won’t distract you. You might even go to a public place like a coffee shop.
Prefer to work in silence? That’s fine too. Just find a quiet place to work or consider some noise cancelling headphones. The public library could even be a good option.
Read One of Our Blogs
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