21 Ways to Bust Out of a Creativity Rut

Kristin Pryor

We've all been there–that sense of frustration that goes along with feeling completely devoid of ideas. If you at all consider yourself a creative person, you know how that can feel. You start wondering if you've lost the knack…if you are destined to be in a brain fog forever.

Image Credit: Michael Rosner-Hyman

If you're finding it damn near impossible to think independently or creatively, here are a bunch of tips from Entrepreneur Magazine to help you get out of that funk. The suggestions include: be silent, call a friend, daydream & doodle, or simply write it down (so obvious, you'd probably never think to do it).

At the bottom of the infographic is a timeless (okay, maybe not timeless…yet, but still inspiring) quote from Steve Jobs:

“You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.”

creativity infographic


If this still isn't enough to get things moving, we have even more ways to tap into your creativity.  If you have a proven creativity booster that works for you, please share in the comments.


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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy