I’ve been feeling stuck with some creative issues at work and decided to try a new tactic today: 

  • I spent 30 minutes digging into what specifically I was stuck on instead of just the general “I’m Stuck.” 
  • I picked one of the items on that list and turned it into a question. 
  • I wrote that question down and repeated it in my head a few times. Then I grabbed my notebook and a pen and went for a walk. 
  • I thought about the question while I walked and stopped along the way to write down what I was thinking. The ideas started flowing and I got a whole notebook page down about that particular question. 

I go for a walk every day, but I usually listen to a podcast instead of using it to focus on a particular question. Defining the question beforehand and leaving my headphones at home allowed me to focus without my mind turning to whatever the podcast was about.