7 ways to turn your mental block into a block party
Brain on holidays? Writers block? Mental cramp? It happens to the best of us. You know you should probably write something for your blog because you know that fresh content drives people to your website and pushes your website up in the google rankings. (Don’t know this? Read more about SEO here…)
Here are 7 ways to turn your mental block into a block party and get things moving on the content train.
1) Write one sentence
A blank page is a scary one. I find once i’ve written something, anything! Draw something. Doodle. Write an emotion. Anything. Get your pen moving or your fingers typing. Maybe once you chip away at that dam bank, the flow will come!
2) Go for a walk
Get up and get moving. Go to the park, take your dog for a walk, go to the beach, breathe in some air. Come back to what you were doing with fresh eyes. Exercise is so good for productivity.
3) Get it out!
Get it out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Make it tangible in front of your face on a big piece of paper with a fat marker. Brainstorm. Draw circles and squares and lines between them and connect dots. Write things that might be silly or weird. Think outside the box. Put yourself in your customers shoes. Where are they looking for your product or service? Where are they talking about it? Don’t be afraid of silly ideas! They often lead to my best ones.
4) Mix it up
We like different things. We like different colours and words and images and formats. The formats you use appeal to different people. Have you thought of video? Have you tried infographics? Ever written a song? Mix it up a bit. Keep your audience engaged through the use of different medias. Chances are it will keep YOU engaged as well.
5) Take notes
Ideas can come at the most inopportune times. Use the Notes app on your phone. Put a notebook next to your bed, a pad on your desk, something handy in your car, scrap paper in your briefcase. Take notes when they come to you. You might not use them straight away, and they might not make sense at the time but you’ll be surprised what happens when you read over them later.
6) Change your environment
Sitting at the same desk? Get out of the office…go check out the local cafe. Order your fave cwaffee, tune in to the wifi and get inspired. If the smell of bacon or caffeine doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure what will! Here are a list of my fave Perth cafes with WIFI and tip top, A1, best-in-the-west coffee…
- milkd Cafes. Maylands, North Perth or Subiaco
- Ootong & Lincoln. Fremantle
- Babooshka Bar. Northbridge
- Sweet Remedy. Leederville
- Moore and Moore. Fremantle
- Gordon Street Garage. Perth
7) Look around
Research! Check out your competitors. What are they doing? Who do you look up to in your field? What are they doing overseas? Get inspired by others and the world around you. Go to relevant courses and workshops. Aline yourself with people in your field. Find pictures, write notes, use Pinterest, gather information.