Are you scrambling to meet deadlines or remind yourself of the goals you’ve set? Maintaining a healthy level of creativity while trying to produce daily content may prove to be rather challenging. We’re all trying to find our new normal, and for some, that means spending the majority of the day drumming up new ideas to write about.
It may be easy to move a soft deadline or passion project you may be working on because you’re uncertain whether it’s genuinely going to be worth your time in the end. The thing about writing, blogging, and engaging with your audience through your experiences is that success doesn’t happen overnight (unless you’re extremely lucky).
You have to constantly be on the edge of your seat, taking advantage of inspiration surges when they appear, and make the best use of your time.
One major lesson I’ve learned while seeing my content undergo steady growth is that the best thing you can do for your content is to take care of your mental state.
I’ve kept five healthy habits with me to improve my creative mindset and help keep me motivated daily. I want to share them with you.
Do not deprive yourself of a good night’s sleep
The last thing you want to do is feel sluggish or lethargic due to your unpredictable sleep schedule. I know that in times like these, it’s hard to keep up a solid routine, but any lasting habit isn’t built overnight. It will take time to introduce that change into your schedule, but it will vastly improve your creativity as a result.
Don’tprocrastinate. Instead, learn to maximize your time
We all have trouble with this one because while we’re working from home, it can be easy to lay around and let the day pass you by. When I’m having trouble focusing on the task at hand, I shut my laptop, and instead of mindlessly scrolling through my social media, I pick up a new book to read. Every time I get the urge to chuck the book and pull out my phone, I stop myself.
It got so bad that reading started to feel like a chore, and over time I realized that’s because my brain needed constant stimulation. I didn’t know how to relax and allow my mind to wander, and it’s something that has genuinely helped me creatively.
Change your perspective
It may seem like a difficult task to shift your mindset from feeding into the negative emotions and instead focus on the good, but it’s worth a try. I’ve saved some terribly overwhelming days from ruining my mood just by taking the time to assess why I feel the way I do. I sit with my journal, or sit in complete silence with a cup of tea, and just breathe. Sometimes, we get a little too caught up in trying to accomplish everything that we forget to take care of ourselves.
Reduce your screen time. Reintroduce the ol’ pen and paper to cultivate new ideas
This may also sound rather farfetched when most of us spend 90% of the day behind a screen trying to get work done. When I feel stumped for new ideas, or I feel perpetually uninspired, I sit with a piece of paper and pen for a while. I write about anything that comes to mind even if it may seem absolutely ridiculous, and it does help get the ideas flowing again.
Enjoy your favorite downtime activities in moderation
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up on a weekday and tried to convince myself to “take most of the day off” because I didn’t have any pressing deadlines. Thinking back, I certainly wasted quite a bit of time because there were so many things I could’ve been doing with my time if I gave it a shot. While we’re inside, it can be tempting to forget the responsibilities and wind down a little too much. Though, it’s crucial to maintain your momentum and inspire yourself if you have to.
I know I need a bit of a push when I’ve gotten into the habit of procrastinating a bit too much, and it doesn’t help my need to be creative. So, I read articles, finish a book, play around with new creative streams, and do the things that will benefit me in the long run.
I hope these tips help you to improve your creativity as well as allow you to maintain mental clarity while you work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let’s stay in touch.
Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.