It has been awhile since our last post (sorry!), but here we are! Let’s talk about those obnoxious motivation lulls we all experience. Whether you are working hard at writing your next EP, racking up hours in the studio, or working on gaining more followers, it all takes a lot of time and dedication. Of course, there is no foolproof method to survive blips in motivation. However, there are some pearls that I’ve encountered both in my life and on various Google articles that have served me well–and hopefully–will serve you well too.
- Set a schedule and stick to it, but not at the expense of your process.
I have found that if life is a balancing act, a wonderful, written schedule is the balancing bar that tightrope walkers use to keep from plummeting to the ground. Seeing everything laid out in front of you can be scary, but it helps you wrap your head around how to organize your time and start to see your list in terms of achievable goals. I think that there are three key points to remember when making a schedule to keep you motivated:
- Set a predetermined time every day to dedicate to your passion. Despite every other logistical, daily life thing that you have to get done, knowing you have time to do what you love can be a relief in an of itself. And that relief may be just the push you need to keep on going.
- Don’t make a schedule that is unachievable. Having a schedule and not sticking to it can be just as overwhelming as not having a schedule.
- Don’t think that you *have* to stick to your schedule at all costs. If you have that time set aside for your passion project, but you just aren’t feeling it, respect that. Forcing yourself to work on something that you aren’t in the right space for isn’t really helpful for anyone.
- Take time to be inspired.
For those times when you just can’t stick to your schedule, it is important to remember that inspiration is part of motivation. If you have a goal that you are working towards, sometimes that tunnel vision that focuses on the light at the end is a great motivator to keep working day in and day out. However, constant focus on the end can make it easy to lose motivation because, well, sometimes the end just seems really far away. If you find yourself feeling stuck inside your head, or stuck focused on the end, you may want to try some of this stuff.
- Think back to the beginning. Instead of looking towards the end of your project, think about why you got started, how far you have come, why you are doing what you are doing, etc.
- Take a break from the hard work. Take the time to go out and fully experience all of the things around you. When motivation is hard to come by, going out and finding inspiration in the smallest and most unexpected places can be the perfect medicine to get you back on track.
- Be willing to accept change. Taking a moment in the middle of a project to reminisce or to go out and be inspired can bring a fresh perspective to your project that you might not have expected. Run with it! New ideas keep your project moving forward and prevent stagnancy.
- Don’t forget the little victories (they need love too!).
I don’t have an easy-to-skim list for this one, but that doesn’t make it any less important (also read as: if you made it this far, might as well finish reading). We all tend to fixate and ruminate on the trouble we have been having and the hurdles we still have to overcome, often forgetting all of the ways we have achieved success thus far. Celebrating the victories (no matter how small!!!!!) is crucial to staying motivated. If we spend all of our time focusing on all the ways things have sucked, we might start to forget why we are doing what we are doing. If we instead focus on how amazing it felt when we finished that chapter, or that song, or even when we found that one chord that made us melt, we are reminded that there is a reason we push forward, despite all of the hardships. Finding joy in the small victories helps us find joy in the larger ones, and ultimately, the project, because it gives us something positive to grab hold of when we are slipping, and push off of when we are ready to jump.
Working towards a goal is an adventure, to say the least. We all know it. There will always be days when this thing we are doing just seems absurd. But we started it for a reason, so we might as well try to figure out ways to keep going, right? So, to recap:
- Schedules (in moderation) are your friend.
- Never forget to be inspired.
- Celebrate your progress. All of it.
Hopefully within all of this lovely information, you have found some useful tidbit that can help on those rough days. Thanks for staying tuned. We will be back soon!
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Who wrote this??
I am Jessica, Sanctus Sound Recording’s new intern. I graduated from UCI with my B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior this past June and I am now pursuing a career in the music industry. If you have any questions for me that you don’t want to share in the comments, send me an email at email@example.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can!