I never made a claim to anyone that I would be posting a blog every day Monday through Friday, except myself. Last week I accomplished that goal even though there were days I had nothing going into the blank page or even days when I actually had no chance to get a blog written in time to post at a decent hour. I took the weekend off as to not burn myself out and give myself a breather. This is important to do. All work and no play makes Tyler a dull boy. However, that break in habit caused me to sit here drinking coffee and daydreaming about the future, watching YouTube videos (educational ones) and listening to old women talk about their age. Then, wham! It hit me that I needed to write something today, but again, I had nothing. So, I decided to talk about motivation and where to find it when you don’t have any.
As a freelancer I have my hand in a lot of different pots. My head wears many hats. I am a Jack of many trades. Okay, you get it. So, my brain is scattered left and right and up and down all day and when I have motivation to tackle something I dive right in. This isn’t always the case and sometimes the thing I need to get motivated about is the most important thing I need to get done. (I.E. things I get paid for) So, where do I get the motivation to do them if money isn’t even a strong enough source? The secret for me is in the many other things that interest me.
I’m a writer and a filmmaker, but I also love photography and other forms of art. When I’m not motivated to write that thing or to film or edit something I turn to my other passions to spark that creative or even just active juices. It can be small and simple as picking up the guitar and playing a few songs or snapping some pics around the house and taking them into the edit process and making something out of nothing. This action of creation and showing my brain that I can make cool shit gets me jazzed up and ready to hit those film edits or new chapters I need to get done. That being said, it doesn’t always have to be another form of art that can get you back into that artistic motivation groove.
Sometimes, when I am not really feeling it, I will look around my house and see typical adult things that need to be done. Laundry, cleaning the kitchen, picking up the many messes my little puppy creates every few hours with the blood (stuffing) of his enemies. Doing these things allows me to check off to-do list items and jolts that productivity gland into gear.
These things I do aren’t exclusive to artists. You can interchange them any which way you need. Do you need to get motivated to do that mountain of laundry? Write a poem, play a song, dance, throw some paint at a canvas. The point is when you lack that motivation to do what you need to do, find another outlet for your energy and you’ll find that doing something, anything, will get you in the mood way faster and more often than sitting on your couch watching Netflix with your hand halfway into your waistline, and ladies, I know you do it too. So, next time you feel like a black hole has sucked all your motivation away, do something else.