As you may have seen floating around the worldwide web, William Shakespere wrote King Lear, arguably one of his greatest works, during the plague. What does that mean for you, a creative living in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? It means that this quarantine could hold the key to your next great masterpiece. Read on for five tips on how to fully utilize this time of isolation to dive into your work.
1. Do that thing you’ve always been wanting to do.
We all have that one project we’ve been dreaming up that’s going to be history-altering and world-changing. We keep meaning to get to it but it’s just too daunting and too overwhelming and so it always gets pushed to the back of our minds. If coronavirus is blessing us with one thing, that is time. Ask yourself this: if I had all the time in the world, what would I create? What project would I take on? Good news for you—with no end in sight to this quarantine, you do have all the time in the world. So start today. Stop putting off your masterpiece and jump headfirst into your triumph.
2. Designate a sacred space.
Life as we know it has shut down, and every time the news turns on, it seems like the world is ending. Don’t let this chaos creep into your creativity. One way to do this is to set aside a designated spot in your home for working on your craft. Arrange and decorate it in a way that inspires you so that when you sit down to work, you’re entering a safe haven where the current madness can’t touch you and there’s only you and your art.
3. Craft a routine and set aside time for self-expression.
Without a pattern to each day, it’s easy to slip into the habit of being a blob on the couch. Make sure you find time in your schedule for meeting your needs and keeping yourself healthy, such as eating three meals, getting sunlight, and exercising in order to keep yourself in a physical space that supports your creativity. By creating rhythm and order in your life, you give space for imagination to blossom.
4. Connect with your creative community.
Self-isolation is, as its name suggests, isolating. Luckily, we live in the digital age—so community is only a few clicks away. Whether this looks like digitally collaborating on a project or just checking in, don’t forget to put energy into the relationships that are important to you. Use this time of distance to grow closer to those you value. Connection not only puts you in a much better emotional space but it breeds creativity.
5. Don’t beat yourself up for not being productive.
While quarantine is an opportunity to create, it’s also an opportunity to slow down and take care of yourself, whatever that looks like for you. Don’t set an unrealistic expectation for yourself that you have to be creating and moving ahead in your work every single second of every single day. Take space when you need to. Everyone’s quarantine experience looks different, and while some people might be creating the next King Lear, this could be the opportunity you needed to take a break from the crazy life you’ve been living.
Throughout history, creatives have had a knack for taking what comes and making the best of it, turning unfortunate circumstances into powerful works of art. The coronavirus pandemic is no different. Seize this quarantine as an opportunity to create great things.