In the last few weeks, I found myself overwhelmed by increasing tasks, bugs to fix in my projects, a couple of bad decisions to be quickly managed and a dozen of personal issues to be solved as soon as possible.
I felt myself gradually loosing energy and motivation because my problems never seemed to decrease.
I always felt that inspiration was my first source of energy in my job. Always being inspired helped my enjoy every workday, for this reason I know I had to fix this problem in no-time.
But what could I do to re-obtain my most beloved state of mind?
I started by writing down what was causing my frustration and headaches.
I discovered that most of the issues were caused by self-doubt. Removing it helped me obtain a clearer vision of my milestone. Since I couldn't possibly foresee the outcome, it made no sense worrying about it.
Overcommitting to a project and becoming solution blind to the simplest issues caused other inspirational blocks. Delegating a full review of the project by someone else fixed most of the obstacles with a simple fresh perspective.
Surround yourself with success.
Each morning I write down three main tasks that I want to complete during the day and review the milestones I obtained in the days before. An instant motivational boost.
A very interesting approach to this daily note-taking task is creating a "Bullet journal".
Web designer Ryder Carroll, after a decade of development, has just released a system for note-taking that promises to change the way you work and play, or at least the way you record doing so.
You begin with the name of the month. From there, you just add variables, such as an index and checklists, until you have a comprehensive, highly customized and organized notebook of your own.
Discover, isolate and manage the variables that are drowning your inspiration and you'll be back on track in no time.
If worst comes to the worst switch off for a while, creativity and problem solving is like sleeping. You can't sleep deeply if you keep being disturbed, in the same way you need to eliminate any sort of distraction to efficiently solve your problems.