A breakdown in action that stops us from making progress on a project is known as writer’s block. I think a better term is idea block because it happens when we’ve run out of ideas for how to move forward.

To defeat writer’s block we don’t actually need to write. But we do need to get unstuck and break the block. It’s not in the hands. It’s in the brain. So hit the a reset button.

Here are 26 ways to get ideas flowing again.

1. Listen to music without lyrics, such as a Classical station on Pandora

2. Close your eyes and picture a peaceful, quiet scene

3. Breathe deeply

4. Jump for 60 seconds

5. Do a puzzle with numbers, like Sudoku

6. Sing

7. Skip

8. Hum to a happy song

9. Get up and make a cup of tea

10. Move your right elbow to your left knee and your left elbow to your right knee ten times

11. Pretend you’re in the second grade and explaining the project for Show and Tell, and do that out loud

12. Write out an affirmation and walk to mirror, look at your reflection and repeat it to yourself

13. Read a poem out loud

14. Climb up and down several flights of stairs and do a jumping jack on the landings

15. Call a good friend who knows nothing about the topic and have her  interview you about it for a few minutes

16. Think of the concept or project as a tree and visualize what needs to be the trunk and what would be branching off from it.

17. Sketch what you imagined in #16

18. Do something totally different and that interests you for ten minutes

19. Draw

20. Color

21. Watch a video with babies laughing 

22. Read some inspiring quotes 

23. March with your knees high, even better if done while listening to band music

24. Watch something short and funny

25. Stare out a window and let your mind drift

26. Keep a cheat sheet handy

These are some of the things I do. What works for you?