Ever had one of those days when it seems impossible to do anything productive? Ever felt completely down in the dumps and failed to come up with the simplest of solutions? If you are suffering from symptoms similar to these then don’t fret, it’s nothing uncommon – You are simply down on your Mojo.
If you are a graphic designer experiencing creative loss, there is good news! It’s temporary and you can get your mojo back. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get back on track.
1. Breathe – Now Get Up and Take a Walk!
You can’t get your creative mojo back by sitting and staring at the computer screen. Once you realize that you are facing a creative block you need to do something refreshing to overcome it. Many designers tend to go into denial and force themselves to work on a project. If your creative juices aren’t flowing, let it be! Get up, shake yourself, put on your shoes and go out for a walk. Wander around your city for hour or two. Sometimes vigorous exercise helps too.
2. Relax – Grab Your Pillow and Sleep
If walking doesn’t work then simply shut down your computer, switch off that loud TV and take off the thundering headphones. Staying away from the digital demons sometimes helps take a load off of your mind. Opt for a good and relaxing sleep instead. You will wake up refreshed and perhaps even calmer. The main idea is to let your mind move away from work for some time and sleep is one of the best ways to do it.
3. Identify Triggers – Deal with Stress
You cannot relax if you don’t deal with the triggers that cause you to stress and keep you from working properly. Most of the times, our personal problems and conflicts are the reasons behind a creative mojo loss. Could it be a recent breakup, a conflict with someone close, a failed exam, a lost project or even a dissatisfied client or job? Any of these can trigger a block.
4. Hang Out – Go See Fun People
The best thing to do when you are low on your mojo is to find people who can motivate you without adding to your depression. Spend time with fun people (be it family or friends) go watch a movie, enjoy a drink, or just relax – it won’t be long till you have your groove back.
5. Believe – Trust Yourself and Your Abilities
Just because you have had a few ups and downs lately doesn’t mean that you are a failure. You need to believe in yourself and in the fact that no one is perfect. Trust in your abilities and know that you can handle the problematic issues of your life without losing your self confidence. This will help you take a breather for a while.
Take it Easy – The next time you lose your creative mojo, don’t panic. Take a few days break from designing and just relax. Most of the time a mojo loss is just your mind’s way of asking you to take a well deserved break. You need to understand that a creative block is just a bad phase which will evaporate if you let your mind off work for a while. Look at your loss of mojo as a temporary blessing in disguise. You get time to enjoy and do things which you would not have done otherwise!
What helps you get your Creative Mojo back? Share your story with us.