I started off the day this week by continuing to work on product photo editing jerseys, but I was told I would finally be assigned an actual assignment, so I prepped myself for that. My assignment ended up being turning motivational quotes into graphics for their social media pages. Although this is what I had prepared myself for as a Graphic Design Intern, my brain and creativity were just turned off on this day for some reason. I sat there for a majority of the morning just simply brainstorming and after staring at a computer screen for several hours, I felt like I had failed and disappointed in myself. I ended up only creating about three drafts for one motivational quote.
For the second half of the day though, I helped the department re-organize their filing cabinets and although they apologized it was mundane work, I actually felt relieved. After what seemed like such a long morning of me starting at a computer screen and not being productive, I felt like this break away was much needed. I realized during this time that creativity is not something that is constantly ‘on’. There are days and times when creating and thinking of ideas is just not meant to happen. I initially felt defeated when I could not come up with graphics but then I just told myself that this is a natural thing to happen and sometimes (a lot of the time), a break away from your task is necessary. You cannot force ideas and staring at a blank computer screen is not going to help anything either. So a reminder to myself is: take a break to restart, you cannot expect every day to be the greatest.