If you are part of any writer or creative groups there is a pattern of questions that are becoming really prevalent in 2020. “How do I stay motivated during quarantine?” “What are ways to stay motivated in 2020?” “How do I stay inspired?” “How do you keep creative?”
2020 and life after the Pandemic has added to the stress for creatives, artists, and writers. Creatives were already fighting the stresses of normal life to stay inspired and productive and the newest chaos of the world hasn’t helped. Concerns about safety, jobs, politics, and the foreboding of the world is weighing us creatives down. So, with that in mind I decided to start a series to hopefully help inspire and give creatives tool to deal with the challenge of staying motived and creative in 2020.
This will be the first of hopefully many post to come. I’ll try to keep each one simple and to the point. Because time wasters is an enemy of creatives everywhere.
So here are 5 Ways to Battle your lack of creative motivation
1. UNPLUG – FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
The goal of most websites and blogs is to have you consume their content. But honestly, for creatives, the world wide web and social media can easily be your enemy. Try turning on a stopwatch or time next time your online and see how much that monopolizes your time. It even takes your time when your off of it. There is a chance something you read or saw on social media is going to take up some of that valuable real-estate between your ears. Also, more and more social media has become a place of a lot of negativity. That can draw you into an emotional pit that drowns out any creativity. You want a clear and fresh brain to be creative. So try unplugging.
2. WALK, EXERCISE OR MOVE
The brain needs oxygen. Getting the blood pumping is a great way to reset and work that cerebral muscle. It also can help combat stress, which may be one of the reasons you have your writer’s block / creative block.
3. MUSE / FRIENDS HELP WITH STAYING MOTIVATED
Artists tend to be extroverts, but human interaction (even in the time of Covid) is important for mental health and creativity. Phone calls, Zoom Calls, Chats any way you can have interactions can help. Sometimes certain friends are great to bounce ideas off. Now be careful not to turn this into a time-waster. 5 hours of posting on social media won’t really help you create and write.
4. CLUTTER FREE ENVIRONMENTS HELP CREATIVITY
If you are looking at fast-food wrappers, plates, unfolded clothes, or anything else then your mind is probably hopping around with no focus. Clear the visual slate of your environment. Find a corner free of clutter or go outside or clean. Do what you need to do to not be distracted by your environment.
5. MAKE A CREATIVE MIXTAPE
Music motivates us. It speaks to our hearts, our minds, our creativity. Take advantage of that. You know what moves you. Try one of the many music sites and create a music playlist. Make various ones for various task. Sometimes you may need a mellow song list other you may need some adrenaline. Whatever does it for you, do it.
All of these can be explored more and it’s by no means an exhaustive list but it may be just enough to get your creative juices going. So go let out your Burst of Imagination and create, write, build, perform and add your magic to the world.