We all have our good days and bad days. If you belong to any creative field, I am sure you would have faced a creative block. If you are a designer, sometimes you will come up with excellent designs without putting in a lot of effort and sometimes, creating even a single design would be seem impossible and you will feel that you have lost all of your talent. If you go through such designer’s block, do not worry as you are not the only person. As I said, this is a part of everyone’s life who is into a creative job. This is natural and instead of allowing it to put you down, you need to combat days with designer’s block. Honestly, dealing with creative block can be very frustrating but, there are ways so you need not to panic about it.
Following are a few tips that will help you in dealing with the menace of designer’s block:
Set goals for yourself
If you are going through a designer’s block, getting yourself loose does work but not always. Yes, you should give yourself time to relax and then get back to work but at times you just have to battle with the blockage and one of doing it is by setting goals for yourself. If you are unable to design, force yourself to design at least three good items. If you are unable to, feel free to go through your previous designs and copy them. Your goal should be draw something, design something. Working like this will get you back on the track. Also, going through your old designs will motivate you to create better ones. You can totally get inspiration from your old ideas and design them in a much creative way. Now, this does not mean that you have to come up with designs in any case. Take your time and even then if you think things are not working out for you, set designing goals for yourself and try to achieve them.
Find inspiration from surroundings
When you are facing a blockage, sitting in front of your computer will do you no good and if you expect that sooner or later ideas will start flowing then you are wrong. Dealing with blockers is hard and sitting idle will make it harder for you. If you cannot think of something, search for inspiration in the things around you. For instance, there was a time when I wanted to design just a few small stickers, and for that I took inspiration from a large building in front of my house.
You can look for some inspiring designs online or you can go out and visit different places to get inspired. Creative people can get inspiration from almost anything. All you need to do is find that inspiration. Once you have found something worth inspiring, you will be amazed how ideas start flowing in your head.
Stop over thinking
Isn’t it amazing that you find yourself designing things in no time when you have a deadline to meet? When you know you have to finish a project in time, you will work super fast and come up with designs. You will execute your ideas perfectly and if you find flaws in them, you will instantly find ways to fix them. Sometime you just have to go with the flow and it is okay not to judge your work all the time. Designers face blockers when they are thinking way too much. In such cases, it feels like nothing is working. One best way to deal with creative blocking is to set a deadline for yourself and start designing. You will be amazed at how quickly ideas will get into your head.
Jotting down ideas
As mentioned earlier, there are good days and there are bad days for creative people. When you are going through your good days, make sure you maintain a journal. Every time an idea pops up into your head, note it down in your journal. This journal can prove to be your best friend in the difficult creative times. You can flip through the journal and you are bound to find some old and interesting ideas that you have noted down which can help you with your current design. So, whenever you think of something creative, write it down.
Do not overburden yourself
When you have a lot of work that needs to be done, it can be overwhelming. Always keep in mind that nothing good can be made within a day. Even God took seven days to create this world so even if you have a lot to do, give yourself some breathing space. You will only end up doing nothing if you will constantly think of how much needs to be done because never starting seems to be a great idea. Sabotaging yourself is never a good idea. Take a break, indulge into other activities and when you feel better, you can get back to work. When you are back at work, take one step at a time and remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Rejuvenate your designing skills
Old ideas, old theories, old concepts can get very boring, You might be facing a creative block because you are tired of doing the same old stuff and there is nothing new you can think of. If this is the case, rejuvenate your designing skills by taking a designer class or some new and updated course. This will refresh you and your designing skills totally. You will be amazed at how positively this will work for you.
Do not waste your time
If you cannot come up with a new design, it’s okay. However, make sure that you do not waste your time. If you cannot work on designing, you should use your downtime to promote yourself. Give a call to old clients, potential clients and update your online portfolio. The key is to stay connected with other designers and potential clients. Days when you feel you can’t design anything are the best days to perform your other important pending tasks. So, in any case, make sure you do not end up wasting your time.
Eat, sleep or take a walk
We all know that food definitely has effects on our moods and energy level. If you are in a bad mood you will design poorly so in such cases, eat something you really love because it is bound to put you in a good mood. Just like eating, our sleeping habits affect our mood and energy level as well, so eat properly and sleep well. When you will feel fresh, you will be able to design with an open mind. Last but not the least, take a walk. A little walk will do no harm to you but will keep you fresh so eat, sleep and walk.
You are bound to be a victim of designer’s block and there is no way to avoid it totally. Instead of panicking, getting upset or frustrated, you need to deal with it properly. The tips mentioned above can really help you in feeling better about your situation. In order to design properly, you need to have a relaxed mind so how about you eat your favorite food, go on a walk, get inspired and by the time you are back, I am sure you will be all set to create a masterpiece.