Getting Out of Your Creative Rut

Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut, or any rut for that matter? Where nothing seems to interest you and you feel like a lost sheep?

I’ve been finding myself in that place over the past week and I’m not quite sure why. I mean there are always stresses in my life but I don’t think it’s anything out of the ordinary. The last time I found myself in a rut I told myself that I was going to write down any future idea’s that come through my head. The ideas that I don’t have time to create at that moment and when I find myself in a future rut I will refer to my list and continue on my creative venture.

Well, I pulled out that list of ideas last night and read through it. These are ideas that I thought were amazing at the time and could not wait to start after my current project was done. But as I read through the list I found myself not being interested in a single one.

I found myself thinking was that really that great of an idea?

Maybe I should remove that from my list.

I feel like my negative think was just trying to take over and trying to keep me in my rut! Today is a new day however and I’m thinking…I’m just going to pick one of my ideas and roll with it. See what turns out. I mean what’s the worst that could happen it may not turn out as awesome as I originally imagined and I’ll do it again once I’m in a better state of mind right? What’s the best that could happen? It could pull me out of my rut and spin me into a new creative state of mind!

I think when you’re in that state of mind, thinking negativity and just not going anywhere you need to force yourself out of it. Misery loves company and I don’t have room for that, I want my happy thoughts back. It’s ok to veg for a day or two but most of the time vegging out on the couch doesn’t make me feel good, just pushes me further down.

Has anyone else had these ruts? Have you found good ways to pull yourself out? I recommend trying the idea list to help kick start your ideas!

Oh and in the meantime, here’s a new pic of my little garden 🙂 We now have little peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and the cauliflower just blossomed yesterday!!!

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Zucchini!!
Zucchini!!
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4 thoughts on “Getting Out of Your Creative Rut

  1. I tend to wait things out. I don’t like rushing creativity, so if it doesn’t come to me right away, I will walk away and do something else. If there’s a quicker way to get out of it, I would love to know!

  2. You know, I actually agree, when I’m in a rut I feel like none of my ideas are good ones, but I try to push past that with the same motivation. I’ll work on a small idea that I know I don’t have to share with the world if I don’t want to (like growing a new plant actually!) And I find that the time out actually helps me relax and ponder about what I do want to do / make next. When in doubt, make cupcakes and take them to your bestie – you’re bound to feel better after that (and you’ll have made their day!)

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