How to manage being creative when you are tired

July 31, 2019

It’s a fact, I get tired easily. I need my rest otherwise I become cranky and overtired and honestly can be a bit bitchy sometimes. It’s just how I am. I wish I were like my boyfriend who sleeps less than 8 hours and feels super rested and doesn’t need that much rest time… but I’m not.

The thing is, when you have a hobby you’d like to turn into something bigger, you need to be creative all the time, because anytime can be work time. But also if you have a creative job, the feeling of tiredness creeping up or not being shaken off by a double dose of coffee can be daunting.When I come back from work or at the end of the week, I feel so drained that I have a hard time coming up with ideas, writing, editing and shooting because my brain is on “Low Power Mode: On”.

And it’s okay not to feel 100% creative all the time. It’s normal, but it is a bit complicated when it’s your job or a side husstle. I know that I easily feel down or not good enough when I’m trying to create content and feel too exhausted for anything good to come out. “It must mean that you’re bad at it, that it’s not for you” immediately screams my brain. But I know, deep down, buried under all the comparison and self-doubt that it just means my brain needs a rest.

I’ve found a way to work around being tired when I need to get content out there and I thought it might interest some of you as well.

Write it down

Whenever an idea pops into my head, I’ll literally rush for my phone to write it in my notes. I have a note in my Notes app dedicated to content. I have subcategories and write my idea down wherever it belongs. This way, I always have ideas to come back to when my creativity is down. There always will be a subject you feel like writing about when looking at the list and it helps me to stay on top of things.

Get some rest, don’t force it out

If you don’t feel like it, there’s not need to force it out. It just won’t come out the way you want it to and you’ll just end up feeling worse in the end. Take a break and come back to it when you actually want to do it. If you want to create something great, it takes time and juices to flow. I am never satisfied with a creation if I’ve had to squeeze my brain out to get a few drops of creativity. Now, I just prefer to wait until I actually want and can’t wait to type it out or edit it.

Organize yourself

Organizing how you work can be a life-saver once you know yourself. Take some time to evaluate when you are your most efficient, when you usually “don’t feel like it”, what you do best when, when is the most optimal time for a certain task and get organized!

If you know you work best in the morning, schedule your most important need-my-brain-at-full-blast tasks then and your “brain:off” task in the afternoon. If you know that you need the sunlight at a certain hour of the day, take it into account when making your to-do list. It’s just a way to utilize your time as best as possible.

 

 

When it comes to creativity, I’ve just accepted that sometimes it comes in waves. I’ll have moments when I don’t feel creative and others when it pours out of me and I don’t know how to contain it. Creativity can often show up when I don’t expect it and I’ll end up creating amazing content… without having planned it.

Like everyone, I have my moments with it. And these few tips have helped me to manage being tired and being creative as best as I can and hopefully, they’ll help you too.

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