Throughout the transition into Spring, the days have been dark. I’ve had a huge problem with motivation and nearly two weeks went by without much progress. I had half finished portraits laying about and was barely able to manage finishing my paper dolls for friends before Easter. I did finish them though and have since discovered what my exhaustion may have come from. Dehydration is no joke. This past weekend, I started to force myself to drink more water and it’s insane how much better I feel now that I’ve been focusing on that for almost a week. This week, Zak’s younger sisters are out of school and have been helping out with Odin in the mornings. I spent the past two days working away to finish the portraits I had already begun, start two more, as well as start and finish a mermaid paper doll that I hope to have in the shop this weekend.
It’s funny how motivation seems so much like a snowball effect. The more I do, the more motivated I become, but getting to the “do” part can be so hard sometimes! I try to stay focused and when I’m really not feeling it, Odin and I will go for a long walk to clear our heads. The entire time we’re out I have it in the back of my mind that there is work that needs to get done. As soon as Odin is down for his nap, I must get right to work. If I wait at all and spend my time on the computer, it’s already too late. As a work at home mumma, sometimes the greatest motivation is a due date. If I’m nearing my 2-3 week time limit on creating a portrait, then I have no choice but to light the fire under me and get to work.
I cannot wait until the summer when I will have Zak’s sister’s help for a few months. I will really be able to get ahead but am sort of unsure what to do until then. For the next month (May) I have to create an inventory of dolls and paper dolls and other bits for three different shops on island. I won’t have help with Odin during the days, just the evenings when Z gets home (but honestly, who has the energy for a wild toddler after a full day of physical work?). I need to really learn to work in the moments that I have available, even when it seems impossible. It’s going to be very hard but I have no choice but to push through it if I want to move ahead in my career as an artist.
Please tell me your secrets to staying motivated? Especially if you’re a mumma who stays home with their littles!