I am not getting anywhere with this stupid writing project and it’s annoying

Go Perpendicular


The Context

Staring harder won’t help. When your brain crashes into a creative wall, the smart thing to do is to get irrelevant on purpose, then come back to the work. By walking away, going perpendicular to the flow of the current activity and mentally and physically displacing yourself, you invite unexpected inputs that change your perspective for the moment, delivering new insights that the work so badly needs. Take a walk, solve a problem.

The Tool

two color

Go Perpendicular

GO PERPENDICULAR — Intentionally walking away from your current work to engage in something unrelated to the flow of activity

In the creative process, the best way to find something is to stop looking for it. The best way to accomplish something is to try less. Taoists would call this concept paradoxical unity. Which appears vague and esoteric and wholly unsatisfying in its practical application, but it’s actually a helpful approach in becoming prolific.

Although creative blocks are fairly rare, thanks to my adoption of personal creativity management, they do happen. And when it's clear that art is not going to happen, I just leave the house. Doesn't matter where I go, as long as it's not related to my work. This physical displacement is a simple remedy that always beats staring harder at a blank page.

The Rest

Sometimes the best strategy is to work perpendicular from the task at hand. To intentionally walk away from our current work and engage in something unrelated to the flow of activity. He went out for a walk and found exactly what he has stopped looking for. Which of your ideas have come when you least expected them?

The Benefits

Find inspiration where and when you least expect it
Avoid burnout and slipping into unhealthy workaholic tendencies
Invite unexpected inputs that change your perspective for the moment
Gain insights about your work by not looking for them so aggressively

Table of Contents
    You have free Creative Tool(s) remaining this month. Subscribe to get daily how-to articles and email inspiration, plus 300+ proven creativity tools. Beat writer's block for only $12/month!