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A few months ago, I sat at my desk begging myself to stay focused on the article I was supposed to be writing.

But every time I looked at the outline, my focus slipped to other things. Checking LinkedIn, looking at Instagram, reading up on finance advice. No matter what I did, my brain refused to let me concentrate on getting the words out.

Sure, the topic didn’t help. I was writing a guide on how to watch 4K TV and movies but had no interest in 4K myself. I was also going through some severe career burnout as well as dealing with frustrations at home. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?

But even when things are running smoothly and even with topics you’re passionate about, you’ll probably find yourself in this pickle a lot. Some writers argue that there’s really no such thing as writer’s block. Others will tell you to write about anything and everything just to get yourself back into the flow.

Me? I prefer to walk away from my work when I lose my creative focus.

Walking away is a strategy I’ve learned after several years of writing about topics that would bore the pants off about anyone. When I stand up from my desk, stretch, and allow my mind the freedom to focus on other things, it helps me get those so-called creative juices flowing again.

Most of the time walking away means I’ll take a stroll outside. Being around nature helps me re-energize not just my mind but my body too. And hey, exercise is good too. (Can you say “bonus points”?)

Walking away from my work lets me re-energize my mind and body so I can grab the focus I need by the horns and finish writing.

Most of the time walking away from my work allows me to return 15 or 30 minutes later. By that time I’m refreshed and ready to jot down the ins and outs of 4K streaming–or whatever captivating topic is on the agenda that day.

Although I will admit that particular article had me walking away more than usual.

What techniques help you finish writing a particularly frustrating piece?

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