Every now and then I have to deal with writers block. Writer's block is not just something writers go through. We all go through blocks in our work life. Sometimes it's called burn out, procrastination, the Monday Blues, the two o'clock blah's, or the I Don't Feel Like It.
Whatever we want to label it, we all experience this feeling where our brain just gives out on us and we no longer feel like working.
How do I overcome writers block? I stop. This brain dead feeling is our brain telling us it needs some other type of stimulation. Trying to force yourself to finish up something will only lead to mistakes. When I am not putting out my best work, it's not fair to me and my clients.
If you have a sedentary job, the best thing you can do is to stand up and get out. In other words, stand up and go outside for a 15 minute break. Just taking a walk around the block, walk into a store and look around, engage with a stranger on the street or in a coffee shop.
Completely changing up your environment can help stimulate your brain. Creating positive interactions getting a little bit of vitamin D is way more productive than an energy drink.
Learn your personal patterns.
I know my high and low points of the day. I am not a morning person. My most productive time of day happens between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Mornings I spend checking email and creating my task list, and maybe getting some filing knocked out. During my most productive hours I spend writing, creating content calendars, and bookkeeping. Then as I'm winding down for the day, I might get a little social media posting in and checking on some of my clients.
My day is over when I'm ready for it to be over. Sometimes I knock off at 5, 6, or 7 pm. It all depends on my energy level. Understanding your natural energy levels and learning how to work with it can help you be more productive.
If all else fails...
Enjoy a glass of wine and call it a day!