Creative Slump Got You Down? 3 Surprising Ways to Spark Inspiration

Anyone working in a creative capacity has been subject to the dreaded mental block. No matter what you do, inspiration is hard to find and you can wind up feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. And, if you manage others, it’s just as frustrating when you notice your usually high-functioning employees stuck in a creative slump.

You know your team’s’ potential, but how can you shake off a creative slump and get your employees to fire on all creative cylinders again? The answers might be counterintuitive, but giving your team space and yes, even boredom, to feel inspired is what works for us. Try these with your own team to break through a creative impasse:

Be Bored

Picture a kid sent outside for the afternoon: no tablets; no video games; just a backyard. Does he simply sit on the grass and wait for the afternoon to end? No. Kids are masters of creativity, especially in the face of boredom. Suddenly, a stick becomes a lightsaber, and a pile of rocks transforms into a Storm Trooper army.

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