Oh yes, that familiar feeling.  Hands hovering over the keyboard, furious tapping of the delete key, a hundred and one ways of procrastinating.  Yep, writer’s block is not fun.

We call it writer’s block, but it can happen to anyone, no matter what we do or who we are.  Everyone has had a moment of feeling stuck every now and again.  It’s annoying, and for some it can make work stressful when it seems that an answer to a problem isn’t forthcoming.

Luckily, there are a few tried and tested ways of overcoming the hurdle of writer’s block, and we’ve made a list of some them here.  I hope some of them can help spark your creativity and get you back on track.

Curate your environment

So many of us are working from home, now, but not everyone has a dedicated space to work or focus.  This can be tricky when you’re trying to be productive in the middle of dirty dishes from breakfast, or the kid’s toys, or even on the bed.  While you may not have a whole room that can serve as an office, you can dedicate a little space that you can design to your tastes.  Are motivational quotes your thing, stick a load up on the wall at the breakfast bar.  We have a lovely desk set in our Mini Deskmate gift box along with a lush notebook and water bottle.  Comfy office chair needed?  Research some easy to fold away chairs that you can hide away at the end of the day.  Factor in some clean-up time so that you’re not distracted mid creative flow.  Little things like this can really help focus your mind on the task at hand.

Take a break

You know yourself better than anyone else, especially when it comes to productivity.  Use a journal to reflect on when you seem to work best, and when you need a break, our Writer notebook and USB pen is a stylish and handy way to record your thoughts and feelings both on paper and digitally.  Stick to this schedule and plan something fun to do when you finish your work session.  Perhaps getting out in the garden, or playing with your pet?  Even going for a drive, or just sitting with a brew and watching tv.  It’s a great way to keep yourself disciplined without overworking.

Ritualise your commute

Getting up on a cold morning is hard enough, but it’s even harder knowing you’re going to have to sit on a train or in traffic for what seems like a billion hours.  Pimp your commute by investing in a travel mug to warm the hands and get some coffee down you, and make sure you keep a phone charger in the car so the tunes don’t run out mid traffic jam.  If you’re using public transport, a notebook and pen is a great way of passing the time, and maybe even getting a bit of work done before you reach the office!

Hopefully some of these tips might help you get back into the swing of things, but most importantly you have to trust that you’ll get there, just give yourself time and cut yourself some slack.  The answer to the question is only a coffee (or several) away!

February 23, 2022 — Julie Selby