As an artist, I’ve experienced many forms of demotivation. Knowing that I wasn’t able to be creative all the time took me a while to interiorize, and in the meanwhile, I was looking for every possible solution out there. None helped me, and pushing myself to work on something that I wasn’t enjoying or thought was useless lead me to burning myself out.
I then spent a good amount of time jumping from one company to another, hoping to get some of that inspiration back, because who knows, maybe a greater project will bring some new ideas to the table. That was never the case.
After 2 years of a very successful freelancing career, I decided to drop everything and develop my own game. I had an idea for it, and I wanted to learn something new, coding. That very same day, I spoke to my manager and left the project I was working on. I sold my car and got enough to survive for 5 or 6 months.
While I never finished that project, I was really enjoying myself during the time I spent working on the game. By the end of those 5 months, I didn’t have anything worth publishing, so I had to get back to work. This time was different. I was completely motivated, and I wanted to squeeze every drop of creativity that I had recovered during the previous months. Without realizing I had taken a break.
During the 5 months I spent developing the game, I applied what I’ll refer to as taking an active break. I was freeing my brain from the problems I had accumulated and still getting better as a professional in the games industry.
In my case, learning to code was useful to me but isn’t related to the creative thoughts that I can have for a piece of art. It is related to problem-solving, which I do every day, and learning to code gave me a whole new perspective on facing and clearing issues, which enriched the way I am now able to face problems.
Before realizing this, I would often spend long periods of time getting ready to take on a new project. After this, I’m able to free my mind after concise periods of time spent distracting myself with something that challenges me like nothing I previously had known before does.
Coding made me a better professional not because I could do something new but because now I have more tools to solve issues than before.
When I started my new position, I was back at being a motivated artist and gave the best of myself, and what’s more important, this didn’t take a 5-month long screen break or a decision that I could have regretted.
To wrap things up, I highly encourage people reading this to find something that requires their attention to problem solve, as it will open new doors in your head that you never thought could be opened.
Keep thinking and keep challenging yourself. This is a great way to keep your gears greased, and your soul fulfilled and happy.
Thank you for reading, and have a great day!