Monday Blues

This weekend I tried to focus and managed to get a few more pieces complete but my energy level is still below zero. While the temperature rises I’m struggling with a looming deadline and I’m learning to live with my own inner rebellion.

What do I mean? Every time I set a high goal, I know part of myself is going to rebel and I’m going to feel resistance. I don’t know if this stems from the feeling of not liking the feeling of being told what to do, or some deeper fear of what I call success but I’m still exploring this part of myself. The good part is that I’ve learned to acknowledge this feeling when it bubbles to the surface.

Following other people who’ve been through the ups and downs of starting their own businesses, I’ve learned this feeling is experienced by a lot of other people. The balance of pushing yourself without getting burnout is a thin line.

After listening to other creatives who built their own following and businesses, I’ve learned that my wanted to run another and do something else is another way my brain might be coping to prevent burnout. The trick is limiting the time I spend on other focuses so that I give my myself time to rest from a creative burst so that it doesn’t extend into a long period of time that leads to the words, “artist’s block or writer’s block.”

My weekend looked like breaks of video binging, back to creating a few more pieces of art, and then another break to get part of a chore done in 5 minutes. Last week, I intentionally took time in the evening to make a few dinners and enjoy the process. Nothing I did was elaborate but it gave me time to rest and stop my brain from overthinking about the next new creation.

Who knew doing the dishes or cooking a meal could be therapeutic for me as an adult. Taking time to be more mindful of the flavor of food, or the sound of running water while the pile of dishes in the sink goes down is something my brain finds soothing. So, if you’re feeling the Monday Blues, then maybe it’s time for you not to do more. Maybe it’s time for you to practice switching your focus.

Switching my focus from 5 minutes to one day, usually recharges my batteries. When I return to my writing or art, my mind is clearer and more focused. I get less dribble and more sharp pencil with a point. I may not have pumped out hundreds of pieces but I had bursts of quality using my new methods. I guess I would rather have better quality writing and art, then pieces that are just okay.

What do you do to stay focused and motivated? Share in the comments, so that it reaches other writers or creatives. This leads me to your prompt for Monday. Find something that gives you comfort and soothes your souls today. Another thing that you can focus on to give your mind some rest so that you can get recharged for the next page.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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