Fill up that creative tank: 5 Tips to Staying Motivated

As a creative small biz owner we wear many hats....many many hats!

All this juggling can take a toll on our energy levels, and we run the risk of having nothing left for our creativeness.

So here are 5 tips that I use regularly to stay motivated when there are a million and 1 things to do

  1. Find your 'Why'

  2. Reward Yourself

  3. Surround Yourself With Community

  4. Take Yourself on an Artist Date

  5. Play, Rest & Work

Find Your Why

We all have a reason for pursuing our creative dreams, the 'why' that makes you get up each day and create, that drives you to be vulnerable and put your work out into the world.

Think up (and write out) a clear mission statement for yourself as an creative entrepreneur/small business owner. And SHARE it with your followers.

They want to get to know the person behind the creation, and this is a way to AUTHENTICALLY share something about you and your creative goals.

Using your mission statement create goals for your business; I've created a yearly planner just for you. Download it here:

Quarterly Goals
PDF • 10.07MB

Having clear objectives and goals can keep us on track, reduce overwhelm, and give a sense of achievement when we complete steps towards our objectives. Which leads nicely onto the next tip:

Reward Yourself

We're playing the long game here- success can be a while in coming and all that hard work without immediate reward can be disheartening and discouraging.

So when you achieve a goal, give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be big, or cost anything-here's a list of 32 reward ideas by Organize My House to get your started

Surround Yourself with Community

Now we know our 'why' we may also become aware of a small voice in the back of our minds telling us all the reasons it thinks we shouldn't pursue of creative goals. This might stem from a cruel comment made by a teacher at school, or parents telling us that artists don't make any money.

The people that we surround ourselves with affect how we think, act and feel. We can seek out like minded folks who share our passion and enthusiasm for creative pursuits, and can build us up and support us when we need it.

The creative community online is the most incredibly welcoming, warm and supportive group of people and there's room for you too.

Take Yourself on an Artist Date

This one is borrowed from the legendary author of THE ARTIST'S WAY:

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. -Julia Cameron

You can find suggestions for artist dates here

Play, Rest & Work

Prioritising your wellbeing is an investment in you and your business.I've not always been the best at this myself, especially in the early days of my biz. It's definitely a work in progress, and something I have to actively plan into my week.

Having clear goals has helped towards this, as I don't feel so overwhelmed by the to-do list.

Making time to create for creatings sake has also been really helpful- when you're an artist for a living it's all too easy for work to take over, and we forget to create just for ourselves. I know I did.

Working from home was also a huge mindset shift-days could go by before I realised I hadn't left the house! Taking a daily walk or do

ing some yoga has given me inspiration, given my mind creative space and helped manage stress.

I'd love for you to comment below and share know what works for you, and how you've incorporated it into your creative working week. Sharing might spark ideas for someone else to try.

Lots of creative love,

Kate x

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