Oh The Futility

Sometimes it can feel like your work will never reach the level you want it to, and you’ll start to wonder what’s the point. Or, maybe, you don’t know who you want to be yet, and you just feel tired of looking. If you don’t know where you’re going, here’s some tips to keep moving until you find yourself in a better place.

Lucy and the football.

Keep track

Do you feel like your work isn’t getting any better? Or maybe you feel like you're getting worse. Perhaps you’re not getting the likes you used to, or your page views are down. If this is the case you’re gauging your improvement on things you can’t easily quantify or things you can’t control. Try instead to keep track of hours spent, or how many drawings you’ve done. Keep track of it all in a spreadsheet, and watch these numbers climb.

Use how you feel

If you can’t bring yourself to do your work, it may be because the way you feel right now doesn’t match what you’re working on. Try working on something more in tune with how you feel. You can always come back when you feel better.

Search

If you’re still feeling your work is pointless, it sounds like it’s time to look for a point. Revisit something that inspires you or look through your old work and try to remember why you started. Redo something old you did, and see if you can make it better. Go back to the very basics, and practice. You can just wander until you find a good path.

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