I listened to a podcast from The Lavendaire Lifestyle (What to do when you’re uninspired, unmotivated, in a rut) because it intrigued me. I feel like I have been lazy in my creative endeavors, including this blog, and it isn’t making me happy. I haven’t been working on the novel I’ve been writing, nor have I been giving my best effort to this blog. But a part of me isn’t feeling excited about it.
So how to you pull yourself out of this uncaring, unmotivated state?
Aileen Xu, who runs the podcast, first suggests thinking about what makes you excited. There are many things in life to be excited about. She notes that life has “its ups and downs,” and that there is no constant state of being. We will not always be happy, nor will we always be sad. Emotions come and go. And so too will this feeling of being stuck.
One way to help with pulling yourself together when times like these come is to “appreciate the highs” and to know that the lows are temporary. We will start working again. We can do this.
Xu continues with some tips on how to start feeling motivated again:
- Trying something new can help spark some creativity. Sometimes we get so stuck in our daily lives, that we start living routinely. This can make us feel stuck or tired. Spice things up a bit. Do something different.
- Researching people you admire can help you feel more inspired to accomplish your goals.
- Talk to friends or people who inspire you.
- Get out of your comfort zone. This can go along with trying something new. We need some challenges in our lives. We need to say we can overcome things in order to feel a sense of accomplishment. These senses can help motivate us to conquer other feats as well.
- Take care of yourself (exercise, unplug, eat healthy, etc.) First and foremost, you are important. Don’t stress yourself out too much. Work hard, but make sure you work hard at taking care of you too.
- Journal. Write out some of your goals or emotions to help yourself feel better.
- Be patient. “This too, shall pass.”
Thinking back, I can say there are a few of these tips that have definitely worked for me. When I want to do something creative besides writing, I either color or play with watercolors. I bought myself watercolor pencils and the little tabs, along with adult coloring books to occupy my mind for awhile. Sometimes just playing with colors helps center me. It’s something different and more interactive with my hands. At least I tell myself it is.
I really miss talking with a good friend of mine about our writing projects. We are both working on novels, but she is doing much better than I am! She is so close to being done and she is so excited and hard-working. I wish I was more like that in my own work. Also, she is willing to listen and give advice about my project, which helps me feel good about what I am writing… which makes me want to write it! Maybe I should hit her up…
Journaling is not something I always do. Sometimes when I am really feeling upset or feeling like I need to update myself on my own life, I will write a little. It helps me figure out why I am feeling a certain way, or to release any feelings I have been holding in, or to just plan future goals. This helps me find out where I have been and where I would like to be going… Maybe I should grab a pen…