Out of the blocks solutions!
Today I encountered a block of the nature described above – I just couldn’t find a subject to write on. Indeed!
What does one do at such times? I thought of a few:
- Take a break! Just relax.
- Take a power nap – sleep is good for the brain.
- Go for a walk, maybe speak with someone for a while – detune from the task.
- Find an alternate activity – read a book or watch a video or play a game.
- Ask a friend or family member what they would do at such moments?
- Ask your Boss or Colleague if they care for a coffee and take some inputs.
- Write an article about the situation, like I did!
Items 1 & 2 speak about rest or a shutdown of the mind – that helps to declutter and revive the grey cells – like the muscles, the brain too can get fatigued and cries for some rest. Listen to it – after the break you are able to work better.
If you are focused on a screen or a paper it best that you give the eyes some rest too – exercise your eyes and body. Maybe stand up and walk around a bit.
Items 3 & 4 are about doing something else – something other than the task you are on; the brain is able to break the pattern because maybe a different part of the brain is in use. The change will help to get rid of the monotony, which is another reason for fatigue. When you indulge in some fun activity or read an interesting book you get energised once again. If you are already working on the computer its best not to play a computer game during the break; in such cases you can go for the other options.
Items 5 & 6 are about involving others – you are not disconnecting from the problem now but bringing someone into the discussion, get another point-of-view or a fresh perspective. You share details of the block you experienced and then permit the others to provide you some insights or suggestions.
Having another person to listen to your issues is a great stress reliever and hearing his/her share thoughts would open new vistas for you to explore. In fact, for my blog writing the feedback from readers and their constant encouragement have been excellent catalysts and energy-pills – they provided the right kind of impetus to my efforts.
The 7th point I mentioned above helps you to think differently; while you put down thoughts on paper you are also working on various aspects of the problem in your head and in doing so you may hit upon some previously unthought-of idea, which then helps to go on or make a fresh part.
I remember telling a high-school kid once that I can’t locate my car key – he had walked into the room and seen me toss things around in desperation. He said to me “Search for something else and you will find the key!”
The answer probably is staring at you but you are unable to see it. Taking your mind off the problem or getting someone to deal with it for a while can provide the breakthrough … an article I read today said it’s about dealing with the problem obliquely; the direct route may not always be the best one!