Advice

Ask Mariah: No Passion for Projects

Q: Due to current circumstances, I have a lot of time on my hands. Without my job or school, I feel like I finally have time for my artistic projects, but I just can’t find the energy or motivation to work on them. Any advice to fix this before it’s too late?

A: In this instance, there are two ways to tackle a creativity block, but you’ll have to consider what you truly need. So, my question to you is, should you address it or not stress it?

Although the current pandemic is not what people had in mind when wishing for a change of pace and more time with their families, the mandatory newly acquired homebody lifestyle has given most of us a lot of time to pursue our passions.

With reduced restrictions but no clear end in sight, for those determined to work that can’t, numerous tricks may help, including giving yourself a deadline, recording observations, and as Youtuber Minnie Small suggests, trying craft-related challenges and hashtags.

That said, if you can’t seem to shake this creativity block, you may benefit from putting a pin in these goals.

While this salvation-disguised deviation from our usual routines has seemingly awarded the world with a sickly extended summer break, the hidden pressure to use this time wisely is motivation enough to do nothing at all.

For optimists, consider this time is a gift, albeit with awful conditions, that affords you the chance to recenter, reassess, and refocus. Try finding things that inspire you and start putting energy into that, even if it’s unrelated to your craft, and perhaps it will lead you back to it.

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