When I find myself stuck I return back to the basics of drawing. This usually helps me work through problems and build new ideas. Working this way makes me focus on areas I need improvement as problems are always there. But, by creating something objective with realism in mind can be easier to compare and fix. Still life is perfect second to figure drawing. I think about all the steps I take to achieve a likeness of the still life and remember the work necessary to reach my goal and to learn from my mistakes. I draw and paint at the best of my ability, either its an exercise or finished piece. I suppose the other goal is to complete the work until I think its finished so I get use to it. And lastly, doing these drawings hopefully helps me get better and quicker at making decisions while building stamina.