Self-sabotage and the act of creativity

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If you’re not creatively stressed now, you will be sooner or later.

Creative strain (or slumps, or whatever you want to call them) happen. There are certainly times when you just need to let your brain rest. But there are also times when you self-sabotage yourself. When you make things harder than they have to be, simply because you either don’t feel motivated or energized or because that’s just your nature.

Yes, you could be mentally strained or tired and you just can’t do what needs to be done. But how do you know that you’re not simply sabotaging yourself and your creative potential?

There’s one quick way to find out for sure: do something about it. Right now, this very minute. Get yourself out of your slump or troubling situation right now. If you need to be writing something, sit down and write 1,000 words. If you need to be painting or brainstorming or coming up with ideas, set a timer for ten minutes and do what you need to do. Not feeling creative? Do something creative for ten minutes (anything).

If you still feel stuck afterwards, then at least you’ll know for certain it’s not by choice.

Sometimes we make things harder than they have to be. When it comes to creative thinking, make sure you’re not.

Illustration by the always incredible Frits Ahlefeldt.