Dear Dr. Mimi: Creativity Block

Dear Dr. Mimi:
Being creative and developing solutions is a large part of what I do in my career, but I’m finding that when I have deadlines fast-approaching, no matter how long I sit at my desk and try, I can’t think of creative solutions and ideas! What can I do?
Dear Stumped:
A large part of “creativity block” comes from sitting at your desk and trying too hard to think! Try to take the deadlines out of your mind, as they seldom help encourage creativity, and go for a walk or take a break; engage in conversation with a co-worker or even a stranger. You’ll find that managing stress and developing good ideas often come from the places
you’d least expect, so take a break, take a breath, and let your creativity run wild!
—Dr. Mimi