Shortcut: When You're Stuck

Sometimes we get stuck. And then we get stuck in the existential mire of getting stuck. Wouldn’t it be great to avoid all that? Here are some things you can do right now to gain some momentum. 

Shortcuts can do this!

Shortcuts can do this!

Look out the window. Hey! There’s a whole world out there!

Write with your non-dominant hand. Could be your name, could be a sentence. “Five hexing wizard bots jump quickly” is both a pangram and an awesome image.  

Get up and stretch. When you move, so do your ideas.

Take three deep breaths. When’s the last time you breathed? (You should breathe.)

Put on some music. Change your music, change your mind. 

Close your eyes for thirty seconds. Sometimes that’s all you need to clear out the mental clutter.

Write down five imaginary lives. Trapeze artist, spelunker, cheesemonger, mystic, stunt double. Your turn. Don’t overthink it. 

Compose a haiku. 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. How about themed on one of your imaginary lives?

Draw a picture of a dog in a teacup. Or a cat in a boot. Or a lizard on a bike.

Move away from the glowing screen. I love you, stop interneting!