Ever find yourself going all in on a new project to find yourself burnt out and overwhelmed, or even uninspired, two days later? You may have even forgotten why you were inspired to start the project in the first place. It’s ok. Sometimes, we all need a restart button. Here are some ways to get you up and running again.
1. Take a break.
Go outside, read a book, listen to music, take a dance class, watch a movie, talk to friends. Workout. Go out of the country if you need a vacation! Give yourself time to recharge your battery so you feel like your art is yours again and not just something that you could potentially make money off of. Realize that just because you make art, doesn’t mean that it has to be your job. You don’t have to create for anybody other than yourself. This will give you a fresh perspective on your work.
2. Get inspired.
Have you ever listened to your favorite song and come up with your own music video for it? Someone else’s art is an automatic inspiration for everyone. Go to a museum or exhibit. Sit in nature. Do anything that you might have done during the first step! This will help you to see why you were originally inspired and find new projects to start.
3. Position yourself around motivated people.
You know that feeling of guilt when you would sit in the library and watch everyone else study while you were goofing off? The same applies to your artwork. Motivation is contagious! Try asking your friends/peers if they would like to work in Starbucks together (or a library if you need it silent). Everyone brings their computer, etc and you guys get your respective tasks done. There’s even a soundtrack playing for you guys to stay in the zone. When you get tired, you can just chat and give feedback on each other’s work.
4. Create goals.
Giving yourself attainable, smaller goals to reach a bigger goal so that you feel more accomplished when you move closer to finishing your work. Often times as artists, we may feel like failures because we don’t really have metrics for measuring our mediums aside from the number of people who like it online. If we have clear, measurable goals, it makes it easier to see our progress and widdle down our bigger goals in smaller steps. Celebrate the little victories!
5. Just do it.
Sometimes you are just distracted/being lazy. Put down the phone so you can focus and give yourself a time limit for your task. Remember, the hardest part is getting started.
Don’t get discouraged. Being an artist is hard because you put so much of yourself into your work, but that’s what makes it special! If you need to rest, do that for as long as you need to. As an artist, you always tend to feel like you can’t be called an artist if you aren’t currently making anything. As if you’re only as good as your latest project. To society, that’s partially true. Think about how you talk about musicians. “What did they even put out recently?” Don’t fall into the trap. Create for you first.
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