How to Stay Creative & Motivated during Lockdown
Although it has already been two months since the quarantine & lockdown measures have hit us all, we somehow still can’t wrap our heads around what’s been happening. Back in January, we all watched somehow fascinated, yet completely unconcerned, how the Chinese were building a hospital in a matter of days. Why? Because it all seemed so far away that it could never actually affect us. Yet it did. Big time.
So here we are now, not sure where we stand, what the future looks like or if life as we know it is ever going to be the same. One thing is for sure though (for those of us who are still working) – we need to keep that energy level as high as we can, get our creative juices flowing and try to stay sane. How? We can’t pretend we have the secret ingredient or the key to all of your nightmares, but we’ve brain-stormed and came up with a few pieces of practical advice.
Stay connected as a team
For those working in agencies or creative teams, trying to maintain that same vibe you had in your office pre-lockdown can be a challenge, yet a necessary one. Being in touch with your colleagues, be it through daily catch-ups, Zoom meetings or phone calls can make you feel more motivated and remind you that you’re part of something bigger than yourself. That others rely on you, but you can also rely on others. Basically, as cheesy as it may sound, that we’re all in this together. Literally.
This is one piece of advice we’ve learnt the hard way. Moving office from one single place that contained all info, projects and ideas to several different households can be tough – on both an individual and team level. To stay motivated, you need, without a doubt, to get yourself organised. Creating to-do lists & reminders, organising those folders you’ve never had the chance to, cleaning up your desktop or simply setting a few mini-deadlines can make a huge difference. We need to adapt and shift from the one-step-at-a-time strategy to the one-day-at-a-time mindset.
Have some fun
Yeah, being productive is important but all work and no fun makes Jack a dull boy. Especially now that we’re all stuck at home. Set aside some time to unwind, relax and have some fun with your team. Don’t limit your interactions to just work-related topics, cause you’re soon gonna be feeling like you’re just reliving the same day over and over again. Get your teammates to join you for some fun online boardgames in the evenings or just have occasional chats about personal stuff and how you’re all dealing with being locked in. Share the things that are helping you and the ones that are driving you crazy.
We might not be certain of much these days and the future seems to be covered in a crazy haze. Yet one thing that we’re sure of is this: there’s gonna be days when you’re gonna feel like Superman on caffeine and days when your only interaction will be the one with your couch or bed. There’s no right or wrong and no one rule that works for everybody. Just don’t be too hard on yourself, set some realistic expectations and don’t forget to take one day at a time.