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Respect the Unconscious – Release Creativity

We all get stuck on ideas sometimes, and since many of our jobs depend on a certain level of creative output, a creativity block is something to be dreaded.

Sometimes when the conscious mind is really stuck, it’s okay (and sometimes necessary) to take time off from whatever project you’re working on and just go do something else.The more unproductive response is to keep throwing your mind at it, even if it’s getting you nowhere.

Try to remember that as long as you’re not on a tight deadline, it’s okay to get stuck sometimes. Take a break! Go for a walk, call a friend, or grab a snack.Whatever you do, take your mind off the task at hand for the moment and return later with a fresh perspective.

If you have one unproductive day among many fruitful ones, then give yourself permission to relax a little. Don’t measure the entirety of your success based on one bad day.

Another benefit of taking a break from an overwhelming project is that you never know when a great idea will hit you while you’re doing something totally unrelated.

Oftentimes, if you just step away from the project for a bit, the creativity block will clear up and the ideas will flow anew. f you think in terms of having two minds (the conscious and the unconscious), you might as well put both of them to work for you.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda

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