As a creative person who all of a sudden becomes unproductive, you need to regain your motivation back, and the only way is you, and no one else.
Have you ever sat down at your computer to accomplish a long to-do list only to find yourself feeling discouraged and unproductive? You may have become overwhelmed when you glanced at the large list of tasks you needed to complete.
But you couldn’t help yourself, could you? You just weren’t in the mood. So, either you drove yourself to do lousy, uninspired work, or you simply did nothing and felt bad about it.
In any case, you weren’t being your most creative, highest self, and you probably wasted a lot of time as a result. Is it obvious that I’m speaking from personal experience here?
When we experience burnout or overload, one of the first things to suffer is our creativity, and whether you’re fully burned out or merely stalled in your creative job, the consequence is the same:
You’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do. Worried that your creative output is a rip-off of what everyone else is saying? You’re not feeling very motivated to accomplish the task you typically enjoy?
I had a big creative and writer’s block when I was suffering from burnout. I usually enjoy writing, but I used to log into my blog and gaze at the flashing cursor until I fell asleep. Nothing came out of my head because it was so blocked.
I eventually figured out what was preventing me from connecting with my creativity and productivity, and I suspect you’re having similar issues. So, let’s talk about a few reasons why you’re uninspired and uncreative as well as how to correct them!
You’ve received much too much feedback from others and not nearly enough from yourself.
True creativity is about expressing yourself honestly, and obtaining too much input from social media, friends, and family may dilute your voice and make it seem like everyone else’s.
And Too-Much-Input Syndrome can strike without warning. You could feel like a creative genius one minute, and then your subconscious decides (typically after some Instagram browsing) that everything you’ve been working on is rubbish the next.
And you’re not the only one who feels this way. It’s why, when writing, some authors avoid reading novels that are similar to their own in order to avoid being affected by other authors.
And why, when trying to compose their own songs, some musicians quit listening to other people’s music. Similarly, you may need to filter out the background noise in order to hear your own creative voice.
Take a break from social media. We have more external information and stimuli than any other generation before us thanks to social media, and the torrent of other people’s views can be difficult to ignore. However, taking a break may be quite rejuvenating.
Make a commitment and decide how long you will be gone. If required, delete the apps from your phone and block the websites on your PC. They’ll still be there when you’re ready to return, I swear.
Set firmer limits with your loved ones. It’s possible that family members and loved ones, not strangers on the Internet, are suffocating your creativity. If someone in your life consistently dismisses your vision or refuses to support your objectives, it may be necessary to set firmer boundaries with them rather than openly discussing your thoughts (that you know will be disapproved of).
Stop delegating your decision-making to anybody other than yourself. Meaning? Rather than asking others what they would do in a certain scenario, start making your own decisions without consulting others.
It’s possible that you’re a member of a mastermind or a creative group that’s supposed to offer input, but you’re getting so much that you’ve begun trying to please everyone instead of sticking to your vision.
If this describes you, lovebug, it’s time to quit seeking criticism and views. Trust your intuition and go with your gut.
You’ve been really busy.
Have you ever noticed that some of your finest ideas come to you at the oddest moments, such as while you’re standing in the shower, taking a long stroll outside, or even while you’re sitting on a plane with no internet?
If you’ve been extremely busy recently, start by asking yourself “why.” Is it because you have a billion things to do every day (hey, some people have a thousand things to do.
I get it! ), or is it because you’re trying to avoid thinking about or dealing with anything you don’t want to think about or deal with (such, say, your lack of creativity or enthusiasm for life) by filling your calendar? #ouch.
The answer is simple:
Journal about it, chat to a confidante about it, or go on a tech-free stroll in nature to explore your desire for “busy.” As humans, we tend to repeat activities that provide us with some sort of benefit.
What are the benefits of being busy? Does being busy, for example, make you feel important or needed? Make some deliberate space in your life. Schedule some break if you’re constantly busy and it’s killing your creativity.
Begin with one hour – one hour of sitting and doing nothing. Take note of how you feel as a result of it. Good? Anxious? Bored? Those emotions may reveal more about why you’re so busy in the first place. Try scheduling some white space once a week, then once a day. How does that make you feel?
You’ve lost touch with your true voice.
It was because I was having trouble connecting with the genuine voice that I became trapped in a creative rut. “What do I want?” I kept asking myself. Despite this, I was never able to come up with a satisfactory response. I had lost touch with myself and had no clue what I wanted to do, say, or make.
Maybe you’ve lost touch with your true voice — or maybe you’re not sure you’ve ever been in touch with it since there are so many other voices stacked on top of it: friends, family, coworkers, society, and so on, all telling you what you “should” be or do.
The answer is simple:
Make an effort to reconnect with yourself. This is best done alone and without the use of technology. Talk openly with a buddy, exercise, go on a stroll, listen to meditation music on Spotify and just breathe for 10 minutes, or even go on a solo trip.
Whatever you do, try to take advantage of the opportunity to be silent and listen to your inner voice. To help you connect with your inner voice, use the following journaling questions:
- To feel happy and worthy, who’s approval do I need the most? Another way of putting it is:
- Who am I most scared of disappointing? Keep in mind that you may be influenced by a number of persons or groups; make a list of them all.
- How does seeking acceptance from these individuals or groups cause me to lose sight of my true self?
- What would it seem like if I didn’t ask for their permission?
- What would I do differently if I were in your shoes?
- What is at stake if I continue to seek acceptance rather than live authentically?
- What kind of difference would it make in my life if I made honest decisions rather than ones that I believe other people would approve of?
Your thoughts are a confused muddle.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s usually for one of two reasons:
- I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.
- I have a lot on my plate right now.
While they may appear to be identical, their experiences are vastly different. When you have a lot on your plate, the best way to regain balance is to eliminate things from your hectic schedule.
However, because you haven’t structured and simplified your routine, it frequently FEELS like you have a lot to accomplish. So, instead of being split up into tiny portions in your calendar, all of those activities feel like an overwhelming jumble in your head.
The answer is simple:
Get everything down on paper. Start by writing a list and getting everything out of your brain if you feel like you have too many thoughts and can’t make sense of them. Post-it notes are my favorite since they can be changed and reordered as required.
Make some inquiries. If you feel like you don’t know enough or that there are some gaps in your knowledge, conduct some research to fill in the gaps. When we don’t know how to complete a step in a larger process, our brain tends to focus on that one little, perplexing element, making the entire job appear overwhelming.
So, if you spend a few minutes researching to have a better knowledge of your job, you may feel as if a burden has been removed.
You’re feeling lonely.
Loneliness may be a major stumbling block to creativity. I genuinely feel that we were made for a profound connection and that if we don’t receive enough of it, it will ultimately take its toll. However, when we are overworked, one of the first things we do is separate ourselves. Friend, have you seen a problem?
The answer is simple:
Join a community or find a mentor. Depending on the sort of work you want to perform, you might form a support group with other creatives, form a mastermind, or enroll in a program that will help you.
Make a group of people. Years ago, when I was an ex-pat living in Japan, I had the same feelings of loneliness. It was tough for me to establish friends because I could barely communicate in the language. So, after longing for a community to spend time with for a few months, I decided to start my own. I established an internet meeting club. I was the organizer of a local music and arts event.
I started a blog to interact with individuals on the internet. Rather than feeling like a victim of my circumstances, I took action (and it made ALL the difference). Remember that you have the ability to create whatever you choose.
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