It’s no secret that most artists have a day job. And let’s face it, those jobs can be pretty mundane. But there is hope! I’ve discovered several methods of coping with the workweek in order to remain active and engaged after clocking out at the end of the day:
1.) Bike to work. Commuting via bicycle is an excellent way to exercise and meditate before and after the workday. It’s an easy, environmentally friendly way to stay active and engaged so that the creative juices are still flowing even after the sun goes down.
2.) Write at least one creative thought every day. Whether it’s a sketch outline, inspiration for a character, or simply a line of dialogue, record ideas to keep the mind stimulated. Write them in a journal or document them on a word processor, and then flesh out those notes after the workday.
3.) Go outside. The office isn’t a prison. Vitamin D is imperative. Take a break and soak up the sun for a few minutes.
4.) Read during breaks. Stimulate the mind. Dive into a book rather than glossing over social media. Scrolling a Facebook newsfeed or swiping right on Tinder rots the brain, while reading engages the imagination.
5.) Avoid drinking alcohol. While this is a given during work hours, try to avoid pounding booze the night before as well. An average workday is already a mental drain, made even worse by an awful hangover. All productivity is lost with dehydration and fatigue, so stay sober and stimulated throughout the week.
6.) Stay positive. Maintain a confident and optimistic demeanor while on the clock. Treat coworkers with respect. Be amiable, knowing that a positive attitude will help the day breeze on by.
7.) Daydream. Envision success. Dream realistically, but also dream big. Imagine a successful artistic life outside of the workplace, and then strive to achieve those dreams after clocking out.
Above all, remember to thrive on passion rather than succumbing to the work. A day job is merely the means to eat, drink, and pay rent. Focus energy on creating art. Never lose that focus.
Some thoughts on art, life, and theatre. Stay positive.