Task Lists are helpful. They serve as reminders for all the stuff we need to accomplish each day, week, or year. Lists manage our productivity and keep us humming along. I rely on them to keep me sane with my many literary projects. Ticking off completed tasks gives me a feeling of accomplishment. During this pandemic, however, they are seriously stressing me out.
Our world has morphed into an unpredictable and sometimes frightening place. Yes. I know. If I’m honest, life has always been an unpredictable minefield in which I had no control over anything. But it was my minefield and I knew how to navigate it. Now? Not so much.
I’ve gone from:
Forcing a positive attitude: People need my art to help them feel better!
Then Depression: What’s the point? Does my art really matter?
Finally, Acceptance: The world continues to change. Success looks different now. I must remember why I do my art. In a word: Love
Do What You Can Do
I have days when my creative brain won’t cooperate due to stress or depression. Here are a few ways I cope:
- I putter around with practical tasks: formatting my manuscripts, researching topics, outlining unfinished chapters
- I read manuscript drafts to remind myself of upcoming fun projects
- I free write random ideas (nonsense is encouraged)
- I try creative hobbies other than writing. Classical guitar is my newest interest
- I silence my inner taskmaster
Be extra kind to your creative brain right now. It will eventually adjust to the new reality. Patience, mindfulness, and self-care will ensure your creativity thrives again.
Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.