Pushing through creative lows

Hey Hey! If you’ve been following me for a bit you probably have caught on that I love a good motivational post. I have this vision in my mind that somewhere out there someone is like – Dang, that woman just talked straight to my heart. At least that is what I hope! Truth be told, someone may be saying – Dang, that woman is annoying. You hush it and read on.

For this post, I want to talk about the importance of pushing through creative slumps and the tips I take to get over the creative blues. I don’t know about the other creatives of the world but I can get pretty burnt out. Sometimes the creative low comes from a personal place, a seasonal place, maybe even a place of criticism. The point is, I think we all go through seasons of – Blah. The goal is to get yourself up out of the creative hole you’ve fallen into. I’ve got two tips for you.

Make your mind up

You can’t overthink all of your ideas. Overthinking leads to creative burnout like no other. I’m a huge overthinker of my ideas. I get the idea. love the idea. start the idea. then get lost in the start to completion process. Often, it’s because I can’t narrow down what I like and what I don’t like. I either love it all or hate it all. I have to remind myself there is always room for improvement in my creative choices. The point is to implement, keep going, and if the project has a completion point – complete it.

If you’re overthinking your ideas, I’m encouraging you to keep on pushing, make your mind up, finalise your likes, dislikes, design, or process. Then, stick to it.  If you’re still struggling and can’t make up your mind, take a step back and let time work some magic for you. Take a break, more than likely, you’ll revisit, and be able to make your final selections to whatever you’re working on.

Example: I have changed my blog design multiple times. Why? Because I didn’t like the final project, the layout, the color balance, etc. etc. Overthinking led me to become frustrated in my design layout. We can be our own worst critics at times. Which leads me to my next tip.

Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism can be from others and from ourselves. You need constructive criticism but you don’t need to take it all to heart. Constructive criticism can definitely get out of hand and cause creative burnout. Listen to the advice of others, then ask yourself this question – Is their opinion valid? A valid opinion should come from someone who knows what your goal is, has experience, and is someone you truly trust. 

Also, don’t be your own worst critic. In my opinion, people will judge your work but not to the extent that you will. Believe in your goal, vision, and potential. Quite often, I can be my own worst critic. When I find myself in that place, I take a step back and let my mind relax, revisit the project, and determine if my dislike is truly valid. Often taking a step back from the project allows my mind and creative side to reboot. I hope you’ve enjoyed these little tips!

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2 Comments

  1. March 17, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Preach! I am an obsessive overthinker too, and I’m learning to make a decision and own it. I could dither on forever about the perfect choice or the perfect path, but making a choice and starting on a path is always more productive than obsessing about it. I’ve been enrolling in tons of webinars and picking up business and style books to inspire my thinking and generate ideas. The hard part, of course, is deciding which strategies to tackle first! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Virtual high-five! What are some of the webinars you’re enrolling in? I’d love to know! Also, your blog is gorgeous and so are you!

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