In my business I never had a problem with deadlines – orders came in for a certain date and time, I planned and had them ready. No problem … until lockdown happened and I received orders for after lockdown. There was no “after lockdown date” as the number of days, lockdown levels and what we can and can’t do changed often.
I realised that I was struggling to get motivated to be creative. So, instead of telling myself to get over it, I gave myself permission to take time out from my normal routine and do something different.
I decided to rearrange my workroom. It was overdue and something I’d wanted to do for some time so now was the perfect opportunity.
It wasn’t a pretty sight at the start, as I used my work tables to sort things out.
We had a nice hot day in the week and I decided to wash all my tools and use the sunshine to get them dry. Fondant tools, clay tools, pasta machines … all got cleaned.
This “time out exercise” was fast becoming loads of fun as I cleaned and rearranged and found new places for all my things. Also finding things that I forgot I had.
It took a few days, but I had so much fun that it didn’t bother me at all. Everything was cleaned and I got rid of loads of things that weren’t necessary anymore. I was in my happy place.
Finally, I was done and VERY happy with my newly organised room.
My “time out exercise” worked out great and was just what I needed to get excited about being creative again.
So, for future reference … note to self … when you get stuck, take time out and do something different, and it doesn’t even have to be for a few days, it can just be for a short time. This really helped to get me excited again.
Let the creating begin…