Life in a world dealing with COVID-19 is difficult, no doubt, and it looks like we have to adapt to a new normal. While some are enjoying being back to work and getting into routines, many creatives are struggling to sum up the motivation in what seems to be a write-off year.
We chatted to some of our resident creatives and here’s what is helping them to beat the slump:
Jordan Ross: Your Workspace
Spending time setting up and keeping a tidy workspace can feel like procrastination or wasted time, but it really helps with focus and getting ‘in the zone’. “Working in bed always leaves me distracted,” Jordan says. “I’d say definitely set up a desk area – even if it’s makeshift at your kitchen table – and leave it at the end of the day. That helps to structure my work day, and avoids an unhealthy work-life balance, whether I’m feeling inclined to over-work or get distracted.”
Amber Leigh Stevens: small wins
“One thing I really struggle with motivation-wise is the overwhelming feeling of having a seemingly unachievable amount to do. I’m big on writing lists, breaking down projects into lots of bite-sized tasks, that way I get a sense of achievement every time I tick something off, and it makes me feel good about tackling the next task.”
Alex Nelson: Self-influence
Alex is a firm believer in the power of self-influence. “The way you talk to yourself goes a long way – it’s important to be kind to yourself, and remember that life is like a spectrum: you’re not going to perform at 100% all the time. It’s okay if you’re only at 50% today,” she tells us. But not only is it important to take care of yourself, it’s important to not limit yourself either. She explains, “I used to get really caught up in daydreams and I’d often find myself saying things like, “I wish I could do that,” and I noticed a huge difference when I became more intentional with how I phrase things I want to do. “I want…” and “I’m working towards…” instead of “I wish…” are great ways to spin things positively.”
It’s a changing and challenging time out there, and adapting can be hard – that’s okay! We’re all navigating this new world together. Reach out to those in your community, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself – our worth is not dictated by our productivity.