Are you overwhelmed? On paper, we may have outlined the perfect plan of all the things that we want to accomplish, but sometimes despite our best intentions, we often find ourselves so focused on all the things that we long to achieve that we end up accomplishing nothing because we are overwhelmed, exhausted and just don’t know where or how to begin.

In our lives, we have moments where everything seems to occur at once and there are many outside factors that demand our attention. Often we find ourselves taking on too many tasks or commitments because we want to help assist others, but when we find ourselves being pulled in too many different directions, we begin to lose both our focus and confidence in our abilities to produce our own creative work.

Have you ever found that when you are feeling a lack of motivation, or the creative inspiration to work on the things that you are passionate about, it is during a time when you are both emotionally and physically exhausted? We tell ourselves that we will start our projects once we have rested and then we will have the energy to pursue our creative endeavours, but even when we physically rested, if we don’t take the time to clear our head and let go of the things that are weighing us down, then we will continue to struggle with our creative process.

It’s essential to take a look at our lives and begin to work on finding a balance which allows us  both to help out others and complete the creative tasks that require our attention. It is imperative that we don’t view our own work as a secondary factor in our lives. The joy and satisfaction that we get through creative expression can provide us with the energy and confidence that we all long for.

When our focus is taken off of our own creative work and our energy is put towards the other factors in our lives, what often happens is that we now struggle to fit in the time just to get things done. When this happens, our work begins to become a task to complete rather that a true form of expression. This leads to unfulfilling work and we begin to lose the joy of creative discovery.

We need to make the time to play and just explore our creative ideas and in order to do so, we need to work on clearing our headspace of the other things which are fighting for our attention.

It’s okay to say “no” to some requests and to leave some of the other obligations for later. Take a night off. Take a weekend without any plans and allow yourself the freedom spend a guilt free day without any commitments and just embrace the joy of creative play. 

We need to put ourselves and our well-being first and then we will discover our creative muses.

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