Facing a creativity block is not that unusual a problem. Obviously, when someone tries to push themselves to come up with new unthought-of ideas every day, it is not so surprising that they feel drained once in awhile.
But for marketers, who have deadlines to meet and goals to achieve for the company, hitting a block can be very stressful. Especially for content marketers, it is expected of them to create more content every month and that’s not an easy task.
It is important to realise that we can’t circumvent a creativity block, but, what we can do is be ready for it and take the necessary steps to ensure that your productivity doesn’t suffer and that you get through the block fairly quickly.
Here are some tips which can help you do just that:
1. Get your blood flowing
Your daily routine, the things that you do mechanically without sparing the slightest thought can be your creativity killers sometimes. Doing nothing exciting for an extended amount of time can make you feel dull and uninspired.
A good way to break this dullness is by doing something impulsively, something out of the ordinary, something that can give you a rush.
At my startup Hiver, I always encourage my employees to take some time during the day to do something fun, like reading a funny book, or learning a new instrument, or play pumping music for a while. In fact, to beat the afternoon slump we play some rap music for 30 mins or more every day.
Right after we do this, we see increased energy levels in the office. It works like a charm!
Here are some ideas you can give a try:
- Learn to do a handstand and do one in public.
- Ride your bike to work.
- Get back in touch with your childhood friend.
2. Make your work a habit
Making a habit out of something can make it seem less of a task. For example, if you are a content writer, make sure that you write every day, even if you don’t need to.
This way writing will become second nature to you and hence, will not sound like a big deal.
Many times we hit a block because we think the task in front of us is enormous or is out of our comfort zone.
So make it a part of your comfort zone and chances are you will encounter way fewer blocks.
For example, if you are out of shape and haven’t run in a while, running for the first time can seem like a huge task to you. On the contrary, if you run 2 miles every day, as a practice, then running 3 miles one day won’t seem like that big a deal.
3. Doodle on
When I first discovered this tip, I was quite surprised myself. Who knew a trivial habit like doodling can help you get you to focus and become creative?
According to research, doodling can help you collect your thoughts, retain, and grasp new ideas better, and learn concepts faster.
In an experiment, an architect who was stuck on coming up with a design for kindergarten activity space was asked to doodle his signature over and over again, and from the signature, he got a new design idea for the building.
In fact according to many people, doodling in meetings helps them understand and focus better. So maybe, next time you shouldn’t tell your employee off for doodling in a meeting.
4. Change your work location
Don’t be too surprised to know that sometimes, your big block problem is because of a reason as simple as a bad, uninspiring workspace. So try making your workplace more creative.
Here are some tips you can try:
- Make it more vibrant by adding colors, bright ones!
- Take it to another level by adding quirky quotes and great posters.
- Make your work desktop aesthetically pleasing.
- Be surrounded by things you love, for example, if you love cars have pictures of the new BMW in your line of sight.
If nothing else, then get out to a cafe and work there for a while. According to a recent study, the noise level in a cafe which is around 70 decibels, is exactly right to get your creative juices flowing.
5. If you can’t work, talk
Many times sitting alone and working may not be as effective in inspiring thoughts and ideas, as having conversations about it with others.
For example, if you are digital marketer struggling to come up with ideas for a social media campaign – instead of locking yourself away in a broom cupboard until you find a great idea, get out there and connect with some influencers. If they live in the same city, invite them for coffee and chat with them. Get a third perspective and mull over things with them.
You never know, they may say something that can inspire your next big idea!
6. Focus on detail-oriented aspects of your work
Your marketing campaign is due soon and suddenly you just can’t seem to come up with a good idea for concluding it. What do you do? Beat yourself up for being stuck? Definitely not!
Take your mind off the frustration of hitting a block by focusing on some other aspect of the campaign. For example, if it’s an ad video, work on the details of the content you have finished so far. Work on the font size of the information, what colours to use etc.
If you are a blogger and you are finding it hard to work on writing a new post, focus on the layout, format structure and other details of your ready-to-go posts and so on.
This way even during a creativity block, you are being productive by doing other things which don’t involve a lot of creative thinking.
Plus, focusing on details can help you become more mindful which in turn can help you un-focus on your frustration and focus on the task itself. This can many times help you get through the block faster.
Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye – Dorothy Parker
How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
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