Everybody gets stuck.

Especially me.

I’ll be rolling right along, getting creative, making stuff… and then it’s like I roll through a sticky-taffy roadblock, like in an old cartoon.

And things grind to a halt.

This seems to happen more often when I’m evolving and changing my brand. The new territory just gets a bit tough to navigate sometimes.

If you’re ever stuck in your brand, trying to figure out what’s next or how to do that next thing… here’s a quick little list of the things I do to get unstuck:

  • Talk to a friend about it and get their support and perspective.
  • Change my scenery – leave the house and go haunt a coffee shop for a while.
  • Admit I’m stuck and turn off my technology. Go read a book, take a bath, relax the brain. And start over the next day.
  • Walk around the block.
  • Hunt for inspiration on the internet (but not for too long…)
  • Try an opposites exercise – where I make a list of the things I don’t want for the new brand or the new project. Look for comparisons.
  • Think about what’s working currently in my brand and work from there.
  • Think about how I want to feel when it’s done.
  • Explore metaphors for the new thing.
  • Draw a picture of what I want it to be like.
  • Drink some tea.
  • Sing a song.
  • Change the Pandora station.
  • Read an inspiring newsletter.
  • Just do something. Write or design anything, even if it’s not good.
  • Outline it.
  • Get out the post-it notes and cluster-map it.
  • Get out the really big paper (flip charts) and go to town.
  • Ask a question on Facebook.

What do you do when you’re stuck? Please, please, share it in the comments below – I’d love to hear!