Staring at a blank page waiting for that blog to write itself? It’s not gonna happen. Trust me. I’ve been there. Remember those ideas that were flowing last night while you were trying to fall asleep? The ones you didn’t jot down? Of course, you don’t. They’re gone. Disappeared like a plate of warm, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. Sorry.
These days I rarely get stuck, but sometimes I do, and I have a few kick-me-in-the-booty tools to get the ideas flowing:
1. Just Write! I know this sounds like the opposite of what you should do, but this isn’t about writing that perfect and final draft; it’s about permitting yourself to write that first shitty draft. And it’s kinda fun! Let whatever is sloshing around in your brain spill out onto the page. Don’t worry about sentence structure, grammar, or fancy words. This is a brain dump for your eyes only. Later you can go back and wordsmith it to death. But for now, just write.
2. Move! Stand up and put on some tunes. Have a dance party or go to the kitchen and forage for snacks. Stretch, do a down-dog, or take a walk. Do anything to get the blood flowing. A change of position or surroundings is sometimes all you need to break through the block.
3. Press “pause” for 24-hours. Instead of sitting and getting more frustrated and more blocked, set it aside. Work on something else and come back to it the next day. If you’re feeling sluggish and you’ve already maxed out your caffeine intake for the day, take a 10-minute power nap and come back with a fresh pair of eyes.
4. Get inspired! Read something by someone you admire: an author, a business owner, a poet. Pay close attention to how they use their authentic voice in a way that resonates with their clients. Use that inspiration to fuel your fire.
5. Set a timer. Work in 25-minute sprints and take 5-minute breaks in between. I’ve become a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique when I’m feeling unfocused. I do these sprints three or four times and then take a more extended break. Psychologically this timed work session forces me to focus and get shit done because I know it’s a short sprint. And then another, and another. You get the idea.
6. Money is a great motivator. If you’re writing something for your business, it’s probably going to bring you clients and money, so stay focused on the payday. That might be the only method you need!
If all else fails, schedule a brainstorming call with me! You’ll either walk away with a bunch of great ideas, or not. But you’ll definitely have fun. I’m good like that.
But seriously, if you need help, CONTACT ME to schedule a call today.