Even though we’re creative people, sometimes we’ll still lack motivation. And that’s totally fine! Fortunately, there are some things we can do to help keep ourselves motivated.
Ways to Stay Motivated
1. Work with Your Strengths
Discovering and understanding your strengths improves your well-being and happiness. This can also help energize you to meet your daily goals and accomplish tasks.
2. Seek Intrinsic Motivators
External rewards are ineffective when it comes to motivating yourself. The alternative here is intrinsic motivators – those things within us that motivate us to engage in our craft. To do this you’ll want to find more meaning in your work so you make it through those challenging times. It’s also important to focus on autonomy and mastery here.
3. Set big Goals for Yourself
While small, realistic, short-term goals are important in that they give you the confidence you need to keep going, you can’t forget about those larger, long-term goals.
4. Set the Mood
The best time to be creative probably isn’t when you think. Morning people are actually more creative at night while the opposite is also true – night people are more creative in the morning. Once you’ve found the right time for you to be creative, consider painting your workspace a cool, calming color (e.g. blue, green). Also, make sure you get enough exercise.
5. Create a Schedule
No two people will have the same schedule. You may have to experiment with a few different routines to find the one that’s best for you. Start by making sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep for you. Once rested, make sure you have plenty of time to find your creative flow. Also, remember that your focus has a natural rhythm. While you’ll want to stick with this rhythm, it’s also important to schedule regular breaks to keep your mental focus refreshed.Keep in mind that your focus has a natural rhythm. While you'll want to stick with this rhythm, it's important to schedule regular breaks to keep your mental focus refreshed. #selfcare Click To Tweet
6. Stay Creatively Fueled
While somewhat challenging to accept, it’s important to note that the best fuel for creativity is discomfort. This is because when you’re too comfortable you’ll churn out the same work repeatedly. However, when you want to challenge yourself you must seek out new problems. Keep in mind, that conflict can incite innovation!
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