Prioritizing Tasks + Taking the Next Step in Your Creative Process

“What is it that’s holding you back? Is it the fear of not being able to succeed? Or is it simply the fear of not being able to love the creative work you do as much as you used to? Taking initiative is the most important constant in what allows me to remain productive even when it seems as though I just don’t know how to continue working on a personal project. I have the time now to create the way I once did, and I have been utilizing that time to the best of my ability. We all experience a little writer’s block from time to time, but do not allow “not knowing what to write” to dictate the progression of your dreams. Lately, I truly feel as though I’ve gotten the hang of balancing all of my responsibilities with all that I want to be doing. Writers write, and it’s as simple as that. Have you been writing lately?”

Recovering from an illness last week and missing a blog post certainly upset me, for I felt as though I had just begun to start the process of creating and sharing my content again. However, these things do happen and I can certainly say that I have bounced back, and I am putting in the work. We lose sight of what we want at times, we lose sight of what it takes to achieve our goals when we aren’t making the progress we know we can. Though, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, its that falling in love with the creative work you do takes time. Yes, it may have been easier when you were younger, and yes you may feel like you’ve lost your spark at times, but let me remind you – You’re constantly growing. You’re not the same person you were then, and you can’t be expected to perform the way you used to, for it is time to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is truly what you want to be doing. When did the words stop flowing? When did it start to feel this hard to continue? These are questions that could very well shed some insight into why you may be feeling was though you aren’t performing the way you once were. For me, I am constantly reminding myself that there’s a reason I started and there’s a reason I need to finish.

“You’ve got great ideas, now it’s time to work on executing those ideas to the best of your ability. Put into practice what you want to see from yourself, and get to work. That piece certainly isn’t going to write itself.”

It has been a stressful month, but I have been keeping it together and remaining as productive as possible. There’s certainly a lot that I’ve learnt about managing my time efficiently, as well as understanding that spending an evening relaxing isn’t going to be the end of a creative project – because I’m “wasting my time.” Sometimes, you need to recharge, you need to regain that fire you once had to do all of the things you love and more. I have big writing plans this week, and I have outlined specific writing times throughout the day to make sure that during that hour to two hours, is spent writing and just writing. It’s quite possible that the only thing holding you back from achieving your goals, is you. You can be doing so much more than you realize.

Chase those dreams, and happy writing!



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