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: Getting Motivated

05-04-2016, 08:45 PM
So I wrote an article a while ago about getting motivated to draw (, and I was wondering if anyone here wanted to check it out and let me know if my tips work for them! :) Thanks!

05-15-2016, 05:26 AM
If I'm going to be completely honest, only the last one really works for me. Writing down ideas helps from time to time and it's certainly fun to learn something new, but when it comes to really getting motivated, I find that getting inspired through what others make works best for me.

The first two just seem rather self-evident and they don't really solve anything. Any procrastinator knows they need to stop procrastinating and just do it. They are very well aware of this. That's not the problem. The problem is actually forcing yourself to do it. It's not so much a matter of what you need to do as a matter of how you need to do it. If it was a matter of just doing it, it wouldn't be an issue for most people.
Knowing you need to kick your own arse is not going to work if you don't know how to really shift those gears.
All this is coming from a terrible procrastinator who has tried all sorts of different things. The more vague and the less specific an instruction is, the less it'll work on the people that need it most. Because vagueness can make things seem far more intimidating than they are or need to be.
Instead, I'd recommend breaking a thing you want or need to do down. What do you want? What do you need to achieve that? What do you have already? What steps do you need to take? Writing that down allows you to make a sort of planning, if you will. Now, that certainly won't be ideal for everyone either, but the sort of person that doesn't know where to start or how to just stop loafing around and get going might very well benefit from more structure.

Trying new media is an amazing way to broaden one's horizons, but for a lot of people this in an on itself is actually a huge challenge. I think wether this one works largely depends on your personality. Someone who needs new things very regularly will find more motivation in this than somebody who is scared of failure and not succeeding immediately. Because especially when others can see what you do and you are used to being seen as that person who can make anything with a pencil, stepping out of that comfort zone and taking a chance on something you've got no experience with can be paralyzing.
So while it's certainly not a bad tip at all, I feel like it could do with a little more nuance. Some tips on how to overcome that barrier some people face when trying something new could be a very good add-on, I think.
Given that not nearly everyone has the money or knowledge to get themselves the supplies needed for a new medium, it could also be a nice addition to add some information on affordable stuff with a decent enough quality or ideas that only require very basic things, to get someone who has no idea where to start going.

Last but not least; this is just my personal view on things and nothing more than that; what works for me and what does not. It's nothing scientific, nothing factual, just a personal opinion, so please do take it with a grain of salt.
It's also meant to be entirely constructive. It's become quite a wall of text and I know I can sometimes come across as more blunt than I intend to be without realizing it, so if that is the case here I want to apologize in advance.