Today, I had a sore throat, it was dreary and cold outside, and I felt completely uncreative at work. Days like today make me feel like a fraud of a designer, and I hate that feeling more than anything.
Sometimes, I just have such a hard time getting inspired and designing anything that I even mildly like, and I am really hard on myself as a result. That makes it even harder to get over the slump and get inspired. In college, I used to put so much pressure on myself to create something incredible that I’d usually procrastinate too much, end up with a piece I wasn’t all that proud of, and regret it later. I’ve gotten quite a bit better (I guess work deadlines seem a lot more serious now since there is an actual client waiting for the finished product!), but today’s lack of creative inspiration reminded me of how insecure I used to feel about my work.
How do you deal with slumps in your career and/or creativity? Where do you find the inspiration that most often jolts you back into reality?