Inside: Tips for Staying Motivated: Crafters, Makers, & DIY’ers
Have you ever had that one project (or series of projects) that you just can’t seem to finish? Maybe, because of time, motivation, or lack of energy? I can’t even count the times that my DIY to-do list remains unfished because I cannot find the motivation to knock it out.
There are many reasons creating a project can be pushed to the bottom of a to-do list. Life, in general, makes it difficult but the lack of motivation is another tough obstacle for me personally. Shoot, just writing this post required me to dig deep and find some.
Well, I can’t promise you that you won’t have to fight procrastination ever again, but these 5 tips for staying motivated have really inspired my method of creating and making. Check them out!
Tips for Staying Motivated: Crafters, Makers, & DIY’ers
Identify The Time When You Are Most Productive
Figure out when you feel and work your best and then do all of the things that take the most brainpower during those times. Most of us feel pretty useless in the late afternoon, and for some, they’re productive. A common routine of handmade sellers is to start the day with emails, social media, and small tasks, which meant that craft project creation settles in the afternoon… when they are most tired and not functioning at their best anymore.
Stay Away From Social Media
You’ll find more productivity when you cut yourself off from social media. You can’t get things done when you spend hours of every day staring mindlessly at a screen that magically sends you funny pictures and updates from your friends. Make it easier on yourself and tune out of social media. Turn off notifications on your phone. Set specific times that you’re allowed to check social media sites (and ONLY check at these times).
Make it your least priority unless you have an active Facebook fan page for your handmade business and you want to engage with your customers. But still, set limits and remind yourself that you still have more important tasks to finish. You’re able to get back into the groove of that pesky to-do list that’s been giving you side-eyes since last week.
Organize Your Work Place
There is nothing less motivating to me than a completely unorganized workplace. Luckily, this is a simple fix! Spend 15 minutes organizing your work area and cleaning up all that clutter of yours. When your workspace is clear, your mind is clear.
Prepare Your Stuff
One of my most used tips for staying motivated to create and complete craft projects is preparing my supplies. This means gathering up all the items I want to use for that certain project and placing them in one area together. I use these small containers to keep things separate and organized. So the next time you decide to skip your craft projects? Try laying out your craft supplies the night before.
Take a Break
Some days you’re just not going to feel it, and pushing yourself to work when you absolutely can’t will probably only result in mediocre results and even be more overwhelming. Play hooky for the day or a few hours. Relax. Take a break. You’ll feel a whole lot better tomorrow, you little hustler you.
And just remember that all work and no play aren’t healthy for anyone. One of the best ways to battle procrastination is to give yourself some time off. The key here is to make both your work time and free time count.
Now that You’re Motivated
Now that you have these 5 easy tips for staying motivated, here are a few fun DIYs to add to your list of projects!
DIY Planters: These super cute DIY planters are the perfect DIY to bring a little life into your home! They are SO easy to make and SUPER cheap! I mean I call that a win, win, win! They are perfect for inside next to your desk, or even outside amongst the sun! Check out how we made this super simple DIY!… Read More
How to Make a Hat Rack: This DIY hat rack combines those two wonderful things and makes it into the perfect DIY project. We love this pegboard-inspired hat rack and its fun color combo. I don’t know about you, but I always have the hardest time finding the perfect spot to store all my hats. Whether it’s some fun and festive party hats or the perfect fall accessory this DIY hat rack definitely puts the FUN in functional!… Read More
Pink Party Ideas: When throwing a kid’s party one of the biggest ways we make things simple is sticking to a color theme. It’s crazy how imparting one color in various textures, designs and styles will create a cohesive space that takes very little brain power to create, and with Tuesday Morning having such a fun party section this is simple to do with just one quick shopping stop… Read More