December 16, 2014 Nick Cicero

10 Tips to Break Your Productivity Slump

There’s a debilitating disease affecting nearly one in three creatives on the planet. They call it a slump, and if you’re one of the millions of suffering each year, you know that it’s a feeling that completely alters your state of being, with side effects including, but not limited to broken pencils, keyboards, and increased desire to be a trash can basketball player.

Maybe a difficult client has got you stuck in front of a blank notebook.

Maybe it’s a blog post you’re halfway through writing but just can’t seem to make the words sound right.

Maybe it’s a daunting list of to-do’s that seems to follow you around all day and not get any shorter.

Losing time to slump is losing more than just losing money, it about losing confidence and that edge that keeps you moving up in the world. 

So if you’re wondering how to break out of a productivity slump, how to stay creative or even how to beat writer’s block you’re in luck.

I asked a group of people who are no strangers to producing a lot content week after week what they do.


Take a break and do a mindless, repetitive task for a while.  Or just go for a walk. Zero out the brain so you can start again.


I stop reading everything and everyone in my inner circle and instead, I seek inspiration from somewhere else, music, art, nature, life.


Go for a run or work out. Getting physical is really important to eradicating a slump. For more prolonged dry spells: take a few days off and spend some time by myself – preferably outdoors or in unfamiliar surroundings.


When I’m in a creative slump I try to walk away for as long as possible. Distance and perspective unlocks potential. IT’s when you AREN’T trying that the great ideas come to you.


Read magazines and look at ways to apply old school content marketing or advertising in digital space. Also, #ncbeer


Force myself to create a detailed to do list, broken into bite sized pieces, with due dates. Large tasks can be paralyzing.


I usually try to give myself a 10 minute reset break. This is embarrassing…but browsing, the “funny” section on Pinterest, putting things in a shopping care on Zulily, pretty much any quiz on Buzzfeed.


I spend time reviewing things that are generating “wins” towards my goal. Then I strategize how I can increase or leverage what’s working.


First and foremost, I acknowledge it. For me its usually a focus issue that comes from not getting enough sleep. If its not proper sleep than its prioritization. I go back to creating simple lists of prioritized items and starting “checking things off” the list. That usually resets my productivity.


Go outside. Getting your body moving and getting some vitamin D does wonders for your creative energy. 

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