So how do you break out? Simple: Stop doing what you're doing! And try this instead:
#2. Remind yourself why you're awesome! Creativity is a very personal thing and it's easy to convince yourself that you're a bigger failure than BIC underwear. What's more, creativity is directly affected by one's level self-confidence, so it's essential that you take a moment to make a list of why the world should be thankful you're still in it.
#3. Do EVERYTHING differently! It's safe to say that your current method simply isn't working, which is why you need to shake it up: Change your scenery, use interesting stationery, adapt your thought process, even change your clothes if you have to - and new-found inspiration will follow.
#4. Don't be so damn over-protective. It's easy to get stuck on that one idea - not necessarily a brilliant idea, but a safe and comfortable one nonetheless. Venturing away from it is plain scary, but you'll never be able to dig deep enough to uncover the genius within if you're stuck on first base. Take your idea and mutilate it, tear it apart, twist it, turn it on its head or go in an entirely different direction if you have to. Don't settle for sub-par.
#5. Stop measuring creativity against efficiency. The creative field is the one place where there is no known time-to-success ratio - in other words, spending three hours behind your desk is no more efficient than watching a movie and playing with the idea in the back of your mind. Let your brain breathe!
#6. Spend a day in the life of a stereotypical creative. Being a creative isn't all it's cracked up to be simply because we allow ourselves to get swept up in day-to-day hogwash. Steal a day out of your busy schedule to visit museums, drink pretentious coffee, admire beautiful architecture and remind yourself why you love what you do. Live like a creative and you'll start thinking like a creative.
#7. You've done it before, so you'll do it again. "Past you" has been in similar situations - and has there ever been a time when you didn't manage to crack the brief and produce a piece of undeniable genius? So when you really think about it - two weeks down the line you'll look back and think, "BOOM! Nailed it yet again". Isn't that a comforting, confidence-boosting thought?
#8. Surround yourself with people. Creativity is a team sport! It's easy to forget just how differently our brains are wired - even though your brain might have exhausted all the creative options, someone else might have an entirely different perspective on the matter. The world is full of brains - both creative and non-creative - that are waiting to be picked, so get out there and start harvesting ideas!