It’s very easy to become overexcited by an idea, particularly in its early stages.
If you find yourself overenthusiastic to begin with, stop, put it away, and revisit it at a later date - it will still be there waiting for you when you get back.
When you return to it, you’ll see it with fresh eyes and be more objective about your idea.
What is a Vision Board?
Vision boards (sometimes known as dream or inspiration boards) are a simple, effective and valuable method of visualisation.
A vision board is a collection/collage that consists of inspirational images of the future you want, and represents your dreams, goals and ideals life.
The idea of them is that when you are surrounded or faced with the images of who you want to become, what you want to achieve, the life you want, the job you want, etc., you change your life in order to match what is on the board.
The classic version of vision boarding is to gather pictures, quotes, ideas, etc. and collect them on a bulletin board.
Usually made from standard cork or poster boards, by collecting visual representations of your creative goals in one place you can see them frequently and be more inspired.
When it comes to vision boarding for creativity, physically seeing the type of things on a daily basis you wish to achieve is highly motivating.
If you write, collect quotes from writers, poems, book covers, etc., if you're a photographer, collect photos or photos of people, places and textures that inspire you.
Make a Vision Board
- either a cork bulletin board (at least A3 in size), a poster board or similar (you could also consider making a digital one at Pinterest or Milanote.
- pins, sticky tape, etc.
Collect anything that inspires you, don’t be afraid to use different textures or three dimensional items.
Collect from magazines, postcards, Google image search, websites, newspapers, etc.
For some examples, click here.
Display it where you can see it regularly.
Every time you see something that inspires you, collect it.
Be specific - design the future you want for yourself.
“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” - Dalai Lama
WHAT IS BURNOUT?
Burnout is a state of chronic stress that can lead to exhaustion (both the mental and physical kind), affect your work performance and cause feelings of ineffectiveness.
At its worst, it can lead to depression and physical illness.
Any creative act, no matter how big or small, involves an emotional, physical and mental effort.
Burnout can be caused by a lack of control over your work, by a lack of planning and preparation, by extremes of activity, by monotony and an by an upset in your work-life balance, among others.
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” - Anonymous
If you feel you’re burning out, you may need to cut down the amount of time you spend on your work, cut aspects out of it altogether, reschedule it to a later date, or outsource tasks to someone else.
Creativity doesn't need to be rushed - it will wait for you, and usually with more open arms when you return to it.
Wanting to create more and more comes with the territory of being creative. Creativity can become addictive.
As with all addictions though, it can become destructive.
DON'T SET GOALS
As much as I advocate goal-setting, sometimes it's advisable not to have any. Creativity often requires us to work towards goals, so try and work without a set goal in mind.
Don't get suffocated by your self-imposed deadline.
Take your time, see what happens. Do it for your own pleasure and not for the approval of others.
You don't always have to be striving for more in your creativity.
Making things happen can take a lot of energy, so give yourself time now and again to deliberately slow down.
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