This post is dedicated to one of my most favorite-ist (yep, that’s a word) people ever, Erica, also known as the “Ducky.” She told me:
“I have trouble focusing on my work and keeping my creative stores full when there’s something personal going on.”
This is a really common problem. It’s one I’ve had to deal with twice now in the past several months. I had a family emergency late last year and last week my grandmother died. Not only did these throw me into a mental tailspin, I had to physically pull myself away from my business in order to deal with these issues.
Other than totally taking a break, which is what I’ve done several times, here are a few other methods to keep your coffers full when everything drains you.
1) Focus on a different passion: This tip comes from the one, the only, the astounding, Dana Sitar from DIY Writing/A Writer’s Bucket List. One of her bucket-kickers is to work on something else you love for a while. For me, that’s gaming and personal blogging (along with Facebooking, but I don’t want to reveal my addic…oops).
What other passions do you have? Ask yourself this:
- What do you have the worst time pulling yourself away from? Reading? Web surfing? Clearly, these two answers alone are worth doing, because it refills your creative cup. Any activity that requires some brain power (heck, even knitting) can be a huge creative release.
2) Do one simple thing (as in less than 1-2 minutes) to clear your head. A lot of people like meditation and prayer. I like deep breathing as well.
A quick e-mail or text to a friend or colleague can also be really powerful.
3) Store up, steal and serve. (Yes, I’m advocating stealing from other people.) The good thing about taking a break is your e-mail newsletters and other things (Favorited tweets, Facebook/Google + group messages) pile up.
You read that correctly. I said it’s a “good thing.” Yes, it’s a pain to look at your inbox and see 97 unread email newsletters. You’ve already culled the herd and unsubscribed from the ones you don’t need, and yet, there they are. I’m in the middle of this situation right now.
Overwhelming? Absolutely. But it’s the most powerful way to gain creativity. Email newsletters become perfectly curated social media posts, group messages become new leads or assistance. And, yes, emails like the one Erica sent me can be transformed into fancy, new blog posts.
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The best part about all of this is your clients and followers completely understand. Life happens, and when you are a solopreneur, it’s best to take on business matters one mouse click at a time.
What are your methods for gaining creativity during a dry spell? Let me know in the comments.
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