As a blogger and student, I spend a lot of my time writing, whether it's assignments of posts you'll find my hands permanently attached to a keyboard and a lot of the time that writing comes with a deadline. There is nothing worse than having a piece of work to write and loads of inspiration but for some reason, the words just aren't flowing. It's the worst and the longer it gets put off the worse you feel because the pressure starts to kick in. With a dissertation due in 8 weeks and having taken up daily blogging again, I can't really afford to get writer's block it seriously slows down my productivity. So here's a few little hacks I've picked up on pushing through that writer's block and creating a piece of work you're proud of. 
1. Step Away - Staring at a screen is not going to help, it's best to close the computer and walk away for 5-10 minutes. Normally I like to meditate to clear my head or I'll go and stick a load of washing in or just pick something off my to-do list that will take less than 5-10 minutes and get it done. This is a definite win-win situation because you'll have a fresh outlook on your own and have done something productive with the time you took out. 

2. Paint your nails - I have no idea why but if I'm due to be sat at my desk for more than a couple of hours I'll crack out some polish and paint my nails. My nails take forever to dry so all I can really do without smudging them is type. So I crack out my laptop pick a fun polish and get stuck in. Plus having my nails painted makes me feel like I've done something to look after myself and like I've got my life together just a little bit.

3. Change location - This is a technique my boyfriend uses every time, he can't start working without changing location. The issue is that at uni, your room is also your study area and often your bathroom and getting ready space so other than for food you can find yourself confined to your room quite a bit. He loved going to the nearest coffee shop or library and doing his work there. I'd rarely see him at his desk, I envy that work mentality but I find myself getting frustrated by using up work time to travel there. Also, I like to get comfy when I'm working for a long time, pj's facemask ...you get the picture. However when you live with a lot of girls who also have deadlines and exams it can be a saving grace to seek refuge somewhere to get work done, my flatmates are amazing and I love them to bits but they can be more than a little distracting at times, so I've often found myself in my local costa for an hour or two (or 5)

4. Brain dump with a friend - This is a trusted technique, I find I don't always need their feedback either, it's sometimes just very helpful to say all your ideas out loud and explain it to someone. Odd's are if you can explain your third-year essay to someone who knows nothing about the subject area then I'm sure your lecturer will understand too. Saying it out loud can help you find gaps in the content and more often than not I'll be filling them in myself as I go. 

So those are my tips for pushing past writer's block, hopefully, you can apply these whatever your situation. My week this week is full of dissertation writing and blog posts but I actually can't wait, nothing better than ticking things off lists. 

Xoxo LER 

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