Finding the inspiration to write, create something, or getting anything else done isn't always a simple task. If you've been stuck in a creative rut lately, consider the following to stir up some inspiration for you next project.

1. Shut your phone off

Technology is only a distraction in this case. Using it to check Twitter, Instagram, or send Snapchats is anything but productive. Not only that but constantly checking to see what other people are up to may hurt your own self-confidence. While you're at it, shut off the TV and close your laptop too if you can. This will also help you search for inspiration in the real world. Until you get anything accomplished, your text messages can wait.

2. Take a mental break to read a book

Whether it's your favorite novel or a book of poetry, a few minutes of mindless reading can never hurt. It has the potential to focus your wandering mind while filling your brain with endless thoughts to get you back on track.

3. Go somewhere else

Your room, desk, etc. can get boring after a while. Take a detour to a less expected place. For me, this place is the beach. It's serene, often quiet, and both mentally and physically relaxing. If I ever lack inspiration, this is the place I can typically find it.

4. Drink a cup of coffee

There is almost nothing a good cup of coffee can't fix. Sometimes, all we need is a caffeinated pick me up to get things done. Whether you drink it black or prefer just a bit of coffee in your cup of creamer, a little bit of extra energy tends to go a long way.

5. Write down all the things in your way

Take a piece of paper and a pen and jot down everything you're thinking about. This might include worries, distractions, and anything else getting in your way. Physically writing them down is the only way to make them leave your mind.

6. Don't be too hard on yourself

Especially when doing something creative, it's hard to put your heart and soul into something that doesn't move you. Art and writing take a lot of time, effort, and passion, so don't get down on yourself if this particular project isn't coming to you as naturally as the rest.