If you’re feeling doubt, frustration, failure and no motivation to do anything, that’s perfectly normal. Take it as a sign to rest… to take a break… to take a day or two off and play if you need to.
Audio Article – No Motivation to do Anything?
Once refreshed, you’ll be very ready to dive back into creating.
Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~John Wooden, American basketball player and head coach
Blank Page Syndrome
Also known as “I have a million ideas but the second I sit down they all vanish,” Blank Page Syndrome is easier to say. Nothing is more simultaneously ominous and exciting to a creator than a blank page, canvas, sheet, or state of mind. Sometimes we have so many ideas rushing in that it can be hard to know where to start.
Creatives can create overload for themselves easily because the flow of ideas collects into an ever-growing pile of things to do. Other times, it just seems blank up there… the muse has vanished.
The voices upstairs are either all chattering incessantly, each over the other, or so quiet you have a momentary lapse of sanity and question who you think you are to ever say you’re an artist. But usually, you calm the storm of doubt and pull yourself together and start giving creative shape to the whirlwinds of ideas.
The best way to prepare to have ideas when you need them is to listen to and encourage your obsessions.
~Tamora Pierce, American fantasy novelist
When a member of the iCreateDaily group on Facebook posted that she was struggling with motivation to write, the community rallied to help by sharing their best motivation and mindset tips. We’re sharing that here as a virtual tool chest of possibilities that you can come back to when you’re feeling the gravity of no motivation to do anything.
If you’ve ever stalled out on motivation, this might help.
No Motivation to do Anything?
When Stephanie asked:
“What do y’all do to get motivated? I have a deadline… I’ve done the research… but I can’t get motivated to actually write new words…”
Here are Some Tips from Fellow Creators
1. Watch motivational videos.
Here’s one example of an epic inspirational video.
You can find so many of these epic videos on YouTube if you use search terms like motivational videos, inspiring videos, or positive video. Here’s a playlist.
2. Set up rewards.
“Set up rewards. If I write X number of words, I can take a break and _______, (fill it in with whatever you like). I like chocolate, or a walk, or a swim. Or sometimes a freaking nap. Whatever. Set up some rewards. Do writing sprints with friends.” ~Nicole Mackey
Here’s an article on writing prompts that may help.
3. Just Start Writing.
“Just start writing. Even if it’s garbage or maybe even good stuff. The activity of writing itself can often break the log-jam. Change your venue-go somewhere else that’s different than where you are stuck. Write by hand, something coherent or just freestyle-whatever pops in your head as you go along for three pages or so.
“Just write….don’t worry about whether they are the right words. You can edit later!”
~Monique Clendinen Watson
4. Move around.
“Even if it’s just a quick walk, 10 squats, or some pushups. Get the blood flowing. Let your mind wander or think about an idea intentionally. Both can stimulate creativity.”
~Devani Anjali Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Here’s are some fast fit tips to get you going.
5. Take Time Off.
“You may just need a day off to play… or a good night’s sleep! Starting in with a well-rested and refreshed body and mind make such a difference.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
If you need help sleeping, this may help.
6. Do different things.
“Do something totally different. When I am stuck and take a shower, do the dishes, grocery shop – anything – ideas start popping into my mind. Your brain sort of puts it on the back burner, but it’s still cooking!!”
Here are more tips on changing your state.
7. Make a list of words.
“I make a list of words… no sentences. Then I come back later and see if inspiration jumps off the page! Sometimes I find myself abandoning the list in the middle ‘cause I now feel like writing. Once I made a list of words/topics for a poem series that would be set to music. That put my mind at ease since I knew I didn’t have to remember them.
One day a few weeks later, I realized I was ready to write them. I did. I wrote 6 before getting up from the keyboard. No edits. They sorta flowed out. They are now in print as song lyrics!”
~Lynda Suzanne Wright, Artist, photographer, a retired teacher
8. Clear and Organize!
“When I’m stuck and putting off art-making, there are a couple of sure-fire starters. One is to clear/organize my work area. The other is to write in my process notebook – usually where I am on a piece and what needs doing next.
I can also pull out my box of art ideas and see what I’ve written. But that one’s tricky because sometimes it gives me too many ideas. Then I’m stuck in abundance instead of stuck in scarcity.”
~Lynne Hundley, Artist, Retired Pastor and Editor
Whenever you encounter a creative block, shifting your state will allow your mind to reset and make space for new creativity.
Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life, eventually discovers that there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it.
~The One Thing book, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Feel free to share what motivates you in the iCreateDaily Facebook Group! We’ll keep this article updated with new ideas for getting unstuck. Meanwhile, here’s another article with simple but powerful ideas to help you power through any obstacle.
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Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands. I co-host the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-own the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.
My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head. My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉
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