Breaking the tester's block

Just curious to know what you guys do to break the tester’s block?
Did you ever feel that the cases you make are similar? If things go monotonous how do you deal with it and think of new cases?

Things I generally do:

  1. Look at previous bugs/ user reported issues
  2. Look at the production data to get an idea of how users use the system
  3. Make more user stories
  4. Make flow charts for data flowing through the system
  5. Read blogs related to that functionality for more cases
  1. Focus and Defocus
  2. Make models
  3. Talk to people about something related to what I’m testing.

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