Prevent burnout by limiting workload, stepping away, and decreasing hours.

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Burnout is almost inevitable. Especially in a field dependent on a fleeting attribute such as creativity, productivity ebbs and flows naturally. A key to avoiding burnout is to embrace downturns, be it from lack of ideas or lack of motivation.

Recently, I’ve struggled to write. The month is halfway over, and I only managed to publish one article right at the beginning of the month. Additionally, I haven’t been motivated to make any art. My creativity was drained. Instead of pushing through for the sake of maintaining my schedule, I stepped away.

Burnout doesn’t just negatively impact yourself, but also…


Boost creativity and prevent writer’s block.

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I used to work up until a roadblock, and when I got frustrated, I took a break. It makes sense: work while your productive, and stop when you no longer get results. I thought my drawing professor was crazy when he told my class that the best time to stop drawing is right when you are still in the groove.

That is until I tried it. I found that this workflow method reduced my frustration. I was motivated to return to my work because I wanted to continue working on it, not just because it needed to be done before…


The science behind why it affects the quality of your work.

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I’ll admit that part of what inspired me to start publishing my writing is the opportunity to make money. As a college student, I’ll take any chance I can to earn a little bit on the side.

Before I wrote my first article, I read all I could on how to be successful. Write as often as you can, proofread, aim for curation- all of the advice. And one piece of advice especially stood out- the key to being successful is to not be in it for the money.

Intrinsic Motivation Is More Effective


Curate a place to jumpstart the design process.

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An arrangement of artwork, book pages, and postcards hanging on a wall.
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I often find a lot of inspiration from work I see while scrolling social media. Saving art or images that inspire you allows you to build a library of resources to draw from whenever you’re working on a project.

By gradually collecting references, you have an easy place to turn to whenever creative block strikes or you need to pull from particular trends.

Step One: Find Inspiration


No coding necessary

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Google’s search engine is powerful, useful, and customizable. Google’s Programmable Search Engine website allows you to create a search bar tailored to your needs, powered by Google’s search algorithms. You can create a search bar for your website, for free, and even make money from it.

Every Website Needs a Search Bar

Search bars allow customers and clients to quickly navigate your website to find what they are looking for. It improves the user experience, being able to find useful information without searching every page on your website. Poor navigation might cause customers from clicking away, so a search bar helps prevent that.

Set up Your Search Bar

Create a new search


How you can use Notion to schedule posts and track earnings.

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When I first started writing on Medium, I had difficulty keeping to a consistent publishing schedule. I struggled with planning when I needed to submit to the different publications. Then I discovered Notion. Here’s how I use Notion to organize my writing and increase my output.

All About Dat(a)base

The key feature of Notion I use is a database. Databases are ways to store information within Notion. The benefit of using a database as opposed to a calendar or spreadsheet is that the database is all of that in one. With one database, you can create different views and name them.

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And how they can improve your writing.

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As an animation student, part of my core education was intense training in drawing. Drawing isn’t just for art students- it can often be used in military training because of the valuable skills that you develop in other areas that are transferable.

Similar to my experiences in marching band, I learned a lot of different skills from my drawing education that I use today, such as patience, observation, Revision, non-perfectionism, and criticism.

Patience


Hostile and exclusive designs are all around us.

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Recently, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across this thread:

I realized how everyday designs promote white supremacy. These instances, intentional or not, stem from our internalized beliefs of white being the “default” race. Exclusionary design is all around us, perpetuating inequalities. There are commonplace designs that discriminate, and not just by race.

Hostile design actively targets different groups in society. Most notably, the homeless population is affected, with spikes and rails to prevent sleeping. Unpleasant design affects multiple social groups, including children and the elderly.

Additionally, architecture often discriminates against disabled persons. …


Learning doesn’t stop outside the classroom.

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As a research tool, the internet is invaluable. -Noam Chomsky

The internet offers tons of knowledge at our fingertips. It allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. Learning a new skill is a great way to take advantage of what the World Wide Web has to offer.

Why Learn a New Skill?

Learning new skills helps boost your resume and make you more desirable to employers. Learning online allows you to demonstrate ambition as well as independent learning skills. By utilizing free online resources, you have more flexibility in your schedule and isn’t a financial sink compared to more traditional schooling.

What Skills Should You Learn?


Implicit bias is in all of us.

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Implicit biases are pervasive. Everyone possesses them, even people with avowed commitments to impartiality such as judges.- Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

No matter how hard you try, chances are, you’re probably a little bit racist. This is because of a phenomenon known as implicit bias. The thing about implicit bias is that everyone has it. In our quest to end racism, we must first start with ourselves in acknowledging our personal biases caused by society.

Implicit Bias is In All of Us

Ashley Nicole

Lover of puns. I make films, games, & other fun stuff. Check out my art, writing, and more: linktr.ee/aloop

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