A huge challenge for people, on Mondays, is navigating a creative rut.
There is this nagging internal and external pressure to step into Monday with a clear plan.
Most people struggle with having a structured mental road map because they feel like Monday is the gatekeeper to productivity.
I remind myself and my clients that Monday is the "rough draft" day of the week.
It may set the tone for what to prioritize - but the rest of the week is the creative space that supports execution.
If you feel like you're in a creative rut, try these three things.
- Lean on your alter ego. If you are struggling to create something - or get it done - pretend to be someone else who would dive fully into the task or project. This method helps you step out of a self-rejection mindset.
- Work somewhere else. Change up your work space as much as you can - or pack up and work in a different location. This will give your brain a "newness" jolt - so you can move out of your creative rut.
- Get going anyway. Even if you are feeling low on creativity - start the work/project. Set a timer and work for 30-45 minutes without interruptions. Reward yourself with a short break. Then come back and try again.
When was the last time you were in a creative rut?
How did you take care of yourself?
How did you give yourself a creative boost?