Monday, May 01, 2006

A loss of Mojo

On return of my holiday I have been pondering the question of 'what do you do when you lose your design mojo?' This condition can also be referred to as 'holiday lag' and more commonly as 'I really can't be f#*ed working anymore'. I would be happy for anyone to submit ways in which we can jolt ourselves back into the land of design after a week sleeping in til lunch time. (Nothing too sick or pornographic should be submitted as this is a family friendly site - and yes I am referring to you adam, from 'I love image libraries' comment 5)

10 Comments:

At 3:01 AM, Blogger Adam said...

My reputation tarnished for life, for just one foolish moment. Lets face it I didn't really have any sort of reputation in the first place.

My advice when I can't be bothered drumming up enthusiasm about working with another belligerent client, designing tatty business cards by committee or yet another corporate clone website, I just look at my overdraft on my bank statement.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Gabe said...

Indeed the overdraft is a powerful motivator, but I find that for myself, it will not cure an acute case of 'I have spent a week sleeping in til lunch time.' No for this, drastic measures must be taken. And it is important to recognize that no fast results will be achieved, but with patience and determination, a day or two of work enthusiasm can be generated.

The procedure as I see it (make adjustments as per preference):

Stimulants are a must, and intoxicants are welcome.

Make a point to spend an early morning exceptionally buzzed on coffee and chatting with a co-conspirator about all the creative madness that you intend to do with your life. The idea here is to get blindly inspired about something, anything.

Next, just before engaging the work monster, partake of say, a glass of red wine. Note: Food is not recommended up to this point or for a time after. If needed, eat only fruit.

Mixing the caffeine inspiration with the wine indiscrimination will allow one to transfer the inspiration over to any task at hand. One may find a tendency to get sidetracked. This is just a lack of caffeine. What we are looking at here is creating a production monster, so do not fear over stimulation. With practice, you will find a surprising fascination and interest develop in tasks that once seemed tedious.

If drinking on the job is an issue, go freelance. Then you can sleep til noon and use the above recipe on the same days.

 
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