1. Take note – When you’re creative juices aren’t flowing, it’s a smart practice to write down or type out whatever does happen to cross your mind. That includes absolutely whatever pops in up there. Just jot it down and then go back and look at what you’ve accumulated. You may be surprised to find brilliance among the chaos.
2. Step away from the project – Whatever it is you’re working on you need to take at least a 10-minute break from it to clear your mind. Take a walk around the office or, better yet, around the block. Try to clear your mind of anything project-related for at least that time period.
3. Change your perspective – If you’re having a hard time being creative in one space, find a more creative space. If you work better in a quiet environment, but are surrounded by “cubes,” you may need to find a conference room, or request to work from home in prep for those big moments of creativity.
4. Enlist others – Two brains are better than one. Imagine how great multiple brains can be if you enlist your fellow coworkers in helping address your creativity demands.
5. Create a Backup – Oftentimes, we find that some of our best or most creative ideas come at the moments they aren’t necessarily needed. In these instances, it will prove highly beneficial to make note of those ideas and create a back-up file that you can reference during moments of need.