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Understand and overcome creative burnout

5-Minute Focus Episode 9: Overcoming Creative Burnout - Mike The Biz Guy

Jumping into your writing as and when you feel inspired is not really working out for you

You started off so well. You were inspired, you had your idea and you started to write. The flow of creativity was intense.


Gradually, or maybe suddenly, you found yourself struggling to find that inspiration to keep on writing. So your writing has gone from daily to once every few days, to once a week, to once a fortnight, to not at all.


You tell yourself that you have no inspiration, so you can't write. How could you, if you are not feeling the fire of inspiration? How can you engage your creativity if you are not feeling it? People will understand, right?


You tell yourself that you have other responsibilities, that other aspects of life are more important. You tell yourself that your writing doesn't really matter. Even though you and I both know it does matter. It matters to you. It matters to the person who is eventually going to read it. It matters.


You have so many daily habits in your life. But you can't seem to bring yourself to make writing one of them. Your passion for your project is slowly but surely dying. Your love for your craft is all but disappeared. Your dreams of becoming a published author are rapidly declining, withering away to nothing. Your love for your creativity has been cast out into the void. That is you no longer.


Why forcing yourself to create a habit is the perfect solution for your creative procrastination

Habit creation takes effort. It doesn't just happen by itself. You have to crowbar it in and there's no way around that.


The more you pussyfoot around it, the less likely it is to become a habit. That's why I'm a strong believer in forcing a new habit.


You're writing, your creativity is something that is within your reach at all times.


Despite what you might think, forcing the creation of a habit will make it easier for you to access that creativity when you need it.


It will make it easier for you to turn it on and off when you need to. Writing for this blog has become a weekly habit for me. And not all by accident. I forced that habit. At first it was hard but, after a few weeks, it became second nature. It became a habit. I would sit down at a specific time on a specific day, and I would write the first draft, then I would sit down on a specific time on a specific day, and edit.


That habit didn't form by accident. It formed because I made it happen. crowbar, my friend, crowbar. That's how we do it over here. If you want that new habit of writing every day. Then you need to make it happen. By writing every day.


It will take a while for it to do anything, for it to become habit. Then, of course, when you get there, you will wish that you had done it sooner. When you sit down to write without even thinking about it and you realise what just happened, then you will wonder why it took us so long to get around to forcing that habit.


Making daily writing a habit is not as difficult as it may seem


Not everything in life has to be a battle, forcing the habit of writing every day does not have to be hard. It does not have to be painful. It does not have to be a fight.


You love to write. You love to be creative. So why be so resistant to doing it every day? Setting yourself a 30-day challenge is an excellent start. It helps form the foundation of that habit to go from writing as and when you feel like it, to writing every day in a consistent and manageable fashion.


Set yourself a target of 1000 words or 1500 words per day, set a specific time for you to sit down and write those words.


And that's all you need to do. That's all the rigidity that you need to apply.


There will be times where you sit down and you stare at that Word document or that piece of paper, and you feel like you've got nothing. And that's okay, just write the first thing that pops into your head. Write it as it is in your head. Just write something. It doesn't matter what. Not every day is going to be the birth of the next masterpiece. Some days you will just write utter nonsense, and that is absolutely fine. But the important thing is that you write, that you create, that you allow those words to flow from your mind to the paper, that you allow your creativity to awaken, that you allow yourself that time and that space to create.


Setting yourself a 30-day challenge gives you the opportunity to give yourself permission to be creative, to be the best possible version of yourself, to share your love, your joy, and your pain with the world through the medium of your art.


There is nothing in this world more important than your creativity than your expression of self. Sit down and create.


Setting yourself a 30-day challenge gives you short term goals to achieve. It makes it easier to maintain, to keep up with, to implement, the end is always in sight. At the end of your 30 days, you need to celebrate. You need to celebrate having gotten to the end. And having actually committed to a 30-day challenge.


Celebrate the fact that you have written, not what you have written.


Working in these 30-day cycles will change your creative life. You will become a prolific author. Somebody who is creative at all times, somebody who is able to sit down and write every single day, somebody who is able to express themselves as they need to each and every day.


Set yourself that 30-day Challenge. Working those cycles makes your life as a creative as easy as possible. To facilitate your creativity, to share your message, to express yourself, to create your art.

5-Minute Focus Episode 10: Creating good writing habits the easy way

Written By Mike on 24.06.2021