7 Reasons You Aren’t Feeling Creative (And How to Fix It Quick)

How to Break Out of a Creative Rut
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What do you do to break out of that creative rut and get back to creating awesome again?  Do any of these challenges or solutions sound familiar?


  1. Hi Michelle,

    A number of these creativity blocks resonated with me. The biggest one is getting overwhelmed by so much information.

    I confess that I love to learn so much that I spend a disproportionate about of time researching, following links and discovering some of the most amazing and wonderful information. Only problem: hours pass and I end up amassing piles of notes and new ideas but neglecting to spend the time implementing them. Not to mention I get too exhausted to be creative.

    Resolved: make time to play so creativity can bubble up.
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  2. I was pretty certain that this folklore was incorrect- that there is no correlation between creativity and IQ, when one’s IQ exceeds 120. It may not be symmetrically linked 1 to 1, but it clearly has correlation. This article http://megasociety.org/noesis/149/iq&pear.html provides more information about that.

    (I admit that we tend to try to measure creativity and have definitely found that a certain IQ is critical for our efforts [but, then again, most PhD's exceed that level anyway] and that creativity is increased (perhaps as the square root or cube root of the delta over 120 baseline. Our data is also anecdotal, with only 250 or so points.)
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  3. Debra Jason

    Twitter: mktgcopywriter

    Loved this @Michelle. Great food for thought & I shared it on one my Pinterest boards. And, @Flora I know of that which you speak – one can spend so much time gathering great ideas, but we need to make time to implement them too. Thanks.
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  4. Leanne Chesser

    Twitter: leannechesser

    Hahaha. A lot sound familiar. I’m a personality type who naturally wants things to make sense. The black and white thing works for me. Chaos is yucky. Editing is awesome. Mistakes generally suck. And I love information and thinking. When I get in a rut, I get away from it all and go walk in nature or go drive somewhere. Then the creativity flows again. I love this infographic!
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  5. Elena Anne

    Twitter: Elena__Anne

    That was a great display of graphics and encouragement. I appreciated the order in which you presented your ideas, definitely effective and “creative.” An important part of honing creativity is to eliminate distractions. By removing distracting we can increase our productivity as well. We certainly don’t need high IQs to be creative people!

  6. Adalia John

    Twitter: adaliaj

    Fabulous infographic … It was approximately an hour or so I had this discussion with my #2 son. I’m building an APP for an android phone and I don’t have an android phone. My son and my daughter, Android phone users, check the app for problems. After the third trial run, my son said “mom, why are you doing an Android app when you don’t have an Android phone?” I replied “Zu, (my #1 son’s name) if you wait for perfection most things will not get done.”
    I appreciate every one of these tips for getting out of the creative rut.

    Thanks Copyblogger and Michelle for sharing with us.
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  7. Jane

    Twitter: problogsuccess

    Wonderful post to motivate my moods Michelle :) I especially like the part about not separating work and play. I’m actually like that usually and I always find people giving me advice on quitting that mentality. I do work very lightly (although that doesn’t mean that I don’t take work seriously), and it does work for me :)
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  8. Thanks mama, i appreciate your visit. thanks for sharing this info. You are blessed.

  9. Marc Scott

    Twitter: MarcScott

    Thinking creatively and logically at the same time. That is where I sink myself every single time! I love this infographic. I’ll be sharing it.

    • Michelle Shaeffer

      Twitter: Michelleshaeffr

      It can be tough to separate those out. One of the biggest challenges for me when I started blogging was to just write first, and not edit myself while writing. Still have to remind myself of that sometimes. :)

  10. Floris Nijenhuis

    Twitter: Tech_Jumble

    Fantastic infographic and one that not only looks good but delivers! I think the wealth of information we currently enjoy is brilliant but it’s just so easy to get swamped by it all. The key is to stick with it and certainly not let things like others discouraging you and not believing in yourself become a factor.
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  11. This is definitely a big help Michelle! These past few days, I have been so lazy and I am even losing the creativity I have before and now I am just happy I have found this..

  12. The last one really gets my attention… I over-think A LOT. I’m practicing limiting my thinking time: Depending on the problem or challenge, I think about it for a few minutes or a few days, but always have a definite deadline for when I’ll decide and act. And I think creativity is far more important than intelligence!
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  13. Christine Mann

    Twitter: ChrisMannYNSL

    It’s all been said – I’m swamped and overwhelmed with volumes of information sitting around, but you’ve made it clear repeatedly, ACT – don’t wait for perfection – thanks! And this is such a creative way to talk about creativity – will share it too.

  14. Thank you so much for this post! I mean seriously! I’ve been having trouble being creative for a long time now. Could you imagine an artist that’s not creative?? I don’t know about the others but this post carries a very powerful message for me. :) Thanks a bunch! :)

  15. Very good and detailed infograph. I agree that creativity does not have to be related to intelligence (I think only sense of humor does). Creativity is a special state of mind achieved by those who can separate their work and play (as you, anyway, had already showed it on the graph).Loved it. Thank you, Michelle.

  16. The post was very captivating. :) I really loved reading it. I think it’s important to always try to get out of your funk especially if it’s affecting your creativity. You might get stuck in that rut for a long time if you don’t.
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