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Cheryl Reif

Cheryl lives and writes with her inspirational family, two energetic dogs, and a small mammal menagerie, all of which are fairly tame. She writes about cool science stuff for children and adults, daydreams about stories and characters 87% of the time, and tries not to plot novels while driving. You can also find Cheryl on Twitter @CherylRWrites, Pinterest., and Google. Come say hi!

Ten Obstacles to Creativity–and How to Overcome Them

Do you ever feel like this?

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Photo Credit: Dave-F, Flickr Creative Commons

When you can’t quite find your creative groove, it can make you a little nuts! Check out these common obstacles to creativity—and then see what you can do to overcome them.

Ten Obstacles to Creativity

  1. Interruptions
  2. Lack of interruptions (aka breaks)
  3. Stress
  4. Lack of exercise
  5. Over-long hours and burnout
  6. Not taking yourself seriously
  7. Inability to take criticism
  8. New project-itis (aka inability to finish)
  9. Inability to let a project go (aka perfectionism)
  10. A loud inner critic

Resources to Overcome!

…to help deal with interruptions

…on the benefits of taking breaks

…for more information about how stress, exhaustion, interruptions, exercise, and more impact your mind

…on burnout

…to take yourself seriously

…on taking criticism

…on perfectionism

…to tackle your inner critic

…overall inspiration

Do you have any resources to add? Or obstacles to creativity you’d like to address? Please share in the comments!

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