I have a really bad habit of letting myself get in a "funk." Funks usually hit right after I've finished up a big project, or reach a really big goal. I'll feel a little bit aimless after I've finished knitting something or screening a new batch of tees, and I'll scratch around the kitchen for a snack. Then dig around in my craft supplies for a new project... and somehow end up aimlessly scrolling Pinterest for ideas.
Now, there's nothing wrong with being aimless for awhile... but if I'm not careful it turns into three days of being bored, binging on Netflix, and wasting LOTS of time. I don't end up feeling fulfilled at the end of a long, bored break... I just feel bored and even more aimless. 😜
Being a creative (or idea) person, working on a project is kind of like having a sugar high. 😂 I'm excited, furiously working on the newest thing that lights me up... and if I'm not careful, when it's over the creative "low" hits. I also get in a funk when we've had a really busy (fun!) week, and suddenly we're spending a few days at home after hanging out with friends or traveling.
SO. I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to stop the "funk" before it happens! And here's what I've learned (so far!):
Take a BREAK.
There's something to be said for allowing a period of rest (and celebration! 💃🏻) after you've accomplished something huge. Whether it's a project at work, something you'd made, or that big goal you (FINALLY!) accomplished... let yourself take a break. Take the afternoon off and celebrate! BUT... don't let that afternoon break turn into a three-day-bored-binge-watching-Youtube break.
Turn OFF Technology!
I have found that looking at Pinterest for "ideas" actually ends up getting me creatively STUCK instead of giving me ideas that I want to act on. A few pins or levels on your favorite game is fine... but don't let yourself get sucked into technology! I have found that I'm usually cranky if I let myself "play" for too long. (Especially if I look at the time only to realize I've wasted my best working time.)
If there's one thing that makes me feel better, it's a short burst of exercise. I prefer either yoga, some simple bodyweight exercises, or a short burst of circuit training. For me, even just 10 or 15 minutes of something helps me feel more energized and ready to work. The switch to high-energy, physical work gets my endorphins pumping and I'm usually feeling energetic and craving a new project. 😆
Make (or KEEP!) a LIST.
Getting in a funk can somehow magically erase all the times I've said "I want to do ___ when I have time!" So there's a lot of power in a piece of paper and a pencil. When you're in the middle of a project and you get an idea of something you want to do/make/set aside time for... start a master list of ideas. The next time you're trying to figure out what you need to do, you'll have a great head-start! ☺️
Do The NEXT Thing.
My Pop-pop is one of the most productive people I've ever met. He's the man who built beach houses in 6 weeks, just because it was fun to see how quickly he could get it done. 😍 My whole life, he's given a very simple, wise piece of advice:
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It has applied to SO many different circumstances in my life. Sometimes I just need a swift kick in the seat of my pants, and often I'll remember what Pop-pop says. Get up, and do the NEXT thing, even if it's a simple task (like washing your dishes).
I hope this inspires you to get up and get moving the next time you need a push! And if you need a little extra help to live intentionally...