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Feeling Stagnated in Your Product Design?

Hey there! Welcome back to the Cadversity Blog. On this week's edition, we're tackling one of the most common feelings designers have somewhere in the product design process: confusion.

As a product designer, you are constantly pushing yourself to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems. But what happens when you feel like you're stuck? When you can't seem to come up with anything new, no matter how hard you try?

1. Understand It's Normal

First of all, it's important to understand that feeling stuck is perfectly normal. Creativity is a funny thing; sometimes the ideas just flow, and other times they seem to dry up completely. If you're in a creative field, it's important to learn how to deal with those moments when inspiration just doesn't seem to strike.

2. Take a Break

One of the best things you can do when you're feeling stuck is to take a break. Get up and walk around, or go outside for some fresh air. Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery to jumpstart your creativity. If you can't take a break right away, try focusing on something else for a little while. Once you've had some time to clear your head, you'll likely find that the ideas start flowing again.

3. Jot Down Notes

Another helpful tip is to keep a notebook with you at all times. That way, if you ever have a sudden burst of inspiration, you can jot down your thoughts before they have a chance to escape from your memory. You may also want to consider setting aside some time each day specifically for brainstorming. During this time, allow yourself to think freely without judgment; don't worry about whether or not your ideas are good, just write them down and worry about that later.

In sum, if you're feeling stuck in your product design work, don't despair—it's perfectly normal. The best thing you can do is take a break, focus on something else for awhile, and/or keep a notebook handy so you can jot down any sudden bursts of inspiration. And who knows? One of those crazy ideas might just be the next big thing.

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