find a creative outlet in your downtime
While there are days when we feel purposeful, driven and excited about our work, there are also days when work feels like drudgery — especially in the current pandemic scenario where it’s easy to get in the “Groundhog Day” trap and find our daily work routine boring and monotonous. As we go through the motions over and over again, it’s natural and normal to feel frustrated, exhausted and experience a lack of motivation and enthusiasm. This is why it’s crucial to employ simple and effective strategies to ignite purpose and joy in our work life.
One such strategy is to identify a creative outlet when you’re not working on the evenings and the weekend. We all go through phases where our work projects don’t allow us to express our creativity in a satisfying and fulfilling way. In addition, there are occasions where no matter how much meaning and happiness we find in our work tasks, due to external or internal factors, our enthusiasm dwindles and our productivity suffers. If you’re experiencing one of those phases, then it’s wise to figure out a constructive way to manifest the creative genius within you in your non-working hours.
When the workday ends, dedicate your downtime to pursue creative activities such as writing a novel, recording YouTube videos, trying new recipes and improving your cooking skills, or working on an art project. As you work towards unleashing your creative self in your downtime, you start experiencing novelty and excitement all over again. You regain the verve for life and get back to your work in the mornings feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
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