Slacking off mid-project is a big problem for all of us. I know it is for me and I’ve left many projects unfinished because I didn’t have the motivation to really stick with it.
These days I have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep myself focused when my energy dwindles and one that I really love is using different forms of art to keep myself motivated.
Here are a few of them and why they work for me.
1) Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
Listen to it on my Blip.fm station.
This song just strikes a chord with my creative center. I plug in my headphones and put this on loop and next thing I know two hours have passed and I’ve crunched through a ton of work. It shifts tone and style throughout the song which I think helps keeps me shifting gears and moving forward.
It helps me enter a state of flow when I’m working, keeping me focused and dedicated to the task at hand.
Find a song or an album that resonates with you creatively. Often times when you are hitting a wall putting on an aural creative trigger will help you push through it and get on to the next step in your process. Even better is that it will keep you engaged with your work and focused so you don’t slip out of the process.
2) Flobots – Handlebars
Not only does this song resonate with my creativity but the music video has such striking motion graphics and imagery. It inspires me to action far more than the song would on its own.
It is full of revolutionary images and the theme pulls out of me that drive to create change in the world. As a liberation artist who wants to spread the passion to create a life worth waking up for this music video hurls me towards that goal.
Find images or video that resonates with your goals. When your motivation wanes hit the play button and feel the rush of inspiration.
3) Walt Whitman – Song of the Open Road
Nothing says motivation to a vagabond like this poem by Walt Whitman. While it isn’t necessarily a quick read or a quick fix it definitely helps me keep me on track with my goals as a vagabond.
The imagery that Whitman conjures has played out for me in as I travel and when I’m feeling stuck or that persistent ennui from a late night spent alone it keeps the fire stocked with fuel for the long run.
Find a poem or series of verse that resonate with your lifestyle. When you find yourself slipping from your desired life take a moment to reconnect with what helped spark those dreams in the first place.
What types of art do you use to keep you motivated, focused and inspired?