When you step away from it for a while, you reset your brain by focusing on other things and can often go back and look at it again from a fresh perspective, being more critical and catching more issues or mistakes. If you can pretend it is someone else’s work, all the better for a critical eye on it.
If you are stuck, put down all your notes first (that might unlock your thinking), and then put it aside for a bit if you are still stuck. Think of what others might have told you about the project, or ways they have told you to approach projects. Think outside the box even to the point of ridiculous, then rein it in to fit into the project. My high school English teacher called this “gushing” – just get all the thoughts out and pick the ones that are good to keep.
Try to think about the project and practice your skills daily so you don’t forget. Remember to take a break and put your work aside for a bit to reset your perspective with fresh eyes.
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