Creating a webcomic can become akin to a second job. Although you set your own hours, it can lead to an underlying sense that you’re not “doing enough”. Balancing this anxiety can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you manage the feeling of “not doing enough”.
Recognise when you’re comparing yourself to others
The pervasive nature of social media makes it easy to compare yourself to others leading to an increase in feeling inferior or that you’re missing out. It’s worth remembering that what people post vs what is actually happening in their lives are not the same. Everyone has their own pace and that’s okay. Schedule time throughout the day/week to be away from your phone. As Pablo Picasso said, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” Engage in light exercise, perferrably outside. Spend time with friends offline or hug your pet, even if it’s just 20 minutes.
Celebrate your achievements!
When you put one foot in front of the other, eventually you arrive at your destination, so take the time to pause and celebrate your progress. Some days, the achievement is putting your shoe on when you didn’t want to. Sometimes, it’s completing the marathon. When you feel like you’ve achieved something. Pat yourself on the back.
Find ways to enjoy the “process”
There is a lot involved in creating a comic and there will be tasks you put off because they’re not interesting to you. When you begin to feel this way, take a moment to think why that is. For instance if you’re finding lineart to be laborious, rather than avoiding the task, research ways you can make your process quicker.. Set yourself a small goal to achieve and you’ll soon find that not only do you enjoy the process more, but you’ll improve your skills as well!
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