These days, it’s certainly not difficult to become unmotivated or uncommitted re writing/blogging. When in lock-down, inspiration can seem limited and the routine . . . well, routine. I know I’m finding it tough to stay focused or come up with ideas; I’d rather be a couch potato and suck back a big bag of salt-and-vinegar chips. Fortunately, or unfortunately—that perspective thingy—work and mom-care obligations won’t allow for that. So, what better a topic for today than staying inspired. Let’s have at it!
These are suggestions you’ve undoubtedly heard/read before, but it never hurts to review.
Try to stick to your usual practice. If you always write in the morning, keep at it. Maybe you don’t do it as long, but you do it. If you post twice a week, you continue, even if the content is but a few sentences. Write what’s on your mind, what you’re feeling. Do a vid, post a pic. Share.
Some say vary the routine so things don’t become mundane or stale. If you’re someone who can stick to commitments, then yes, give it a try. Myself? If I don’t do something at a certain time—“I can do XYZ at three instead”—it’s pretty much a done deal that it won’t happen. I am a creature of habit and must honor that. But what works for me may not work for you.
This might be a perfect time to redesign your blog and organize files. Nothing better ‘n neatness, I say. After that, heck, what’s wrong with working on a closet or two? Drawers? Cupboards? Have at them, too.
Take breaks—go for a jog or stroll, ride a bike, walk the dog, cat or hamster. A change of scenery (other than the view of your laden dining-room table or desk) is always a good thing. And, for the interim, remember your social distancing.
Consider goals. What do you want to see happen or do a couple of months from now? A year from now? If you had goals before, are they still the same? Do some soul-searching. List those things you want to engage in and/or have happen.
What about taking an on-line course to enhance your writing and blogging skills? Or maybe learning something new, something you’d never have considered before? If I had the time, I’d go for learning Japanese (an aim of mine for some time). The sky’s the limit. You could even work on obtaining certification in some area. An exciting possibility, isn’t it?
Most importantly perhaps, stay connected with your writing/blogging communities. Get involved in virtual chats and emails. Find writing and blogging buddies, if you haven’t already. Tweet. Visit FB, Instagram, and all the other social networking sites too numerous to list. Fine out what other folks are doing and saying. Hook up with others for inspiration and interaction.
And, if you’re going through a bit of a bad or non-inspired spell, step back . . . take a look at all you’ve done and accomplished. You’ve worked hard. You’ve stuck to it through thick and thin. That’s awesome!
Never give up. Keep hope and faith strong.
Have at it—it’s all for you. It’s all for us. We are in this together.