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There are times when everything goes well, but sometimes It's so easy to let those thoughts (whether caused by fear, life, problems etc.) to overcome your wilingness to do anything. So we let ourselves to get distracted, even though that's not what we really want to do. It's just easier. But we should not let overthinking to stand in our way.  

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People do tend to overthink all the time. Worrying about unimportant things, while doing nothing about solving actual problems. If there is anything that you think constantly about, that needs to be done - don't put it away till the later. It will only get worse. So often do we regret our decisions in the past, yet we are the only ones who can impact our future. 

People also crave for distractions. That's why probably social media sites are so popular these days. Watching youtube videos all day - It's inspiring to see how other people get successful by being themselves and making great things, although we have our own lifes to make wonderful. Spending all day beside the screen, clicking on next videos, trying to find something to distract our minds - the same with tv series, movies, games - people tend to get so dedicated to unreal things, to care more about fictional characters than themselves. 

I'm myself quite fangirl, but I try to spend less time on such things I mentioned. It's not easy, I still tend to *accidentally* watch tv shows by seasons in couple of days or scroll through tumblr for lovely gifs. But It's necessary to stay focused on things that matter. To not let procrastination take over all the time and then feeling guilty about that. 

There are also those negative thoughts and anxiety - feeling of not being productive enough, that everything is a waste of time. That's why having a clear goal is so important. The reason why you make art. What is meaningful to you. That's how you get inspired, that's what let's you to be productive... I once asked an artist on livestream how he kept himself motivated and he told me that It's just what he does - he keeps on working. But you know .. you shouldn't feel bad about that you feel not in the mood to create all the time, because It's a struggle for a lot of other artists. There are times of artists blocks and wanting to give up, inner doubts - those are things that people usually don't talk about, or think they don't happen to real artists.

But they do. 
We all are humble, we all are. 


We have to remind ourselves that we are not alone and that nobody is perfect, and that through dedication and persistence we can keep going forward, so 

  • Do not let negativity and depressing thoughts stay in your way. 
  • Don't let bad habits impact your life. 
  • Don't let way too high or low expectations to prevent you from doing your best.
  • Don't let overthinking stay in your way of doing actual work.
  • Don't let memories of past to influence your future.
Well, as cheezy as it may sound - the best way to defeat overthinking is just by doing something about it. 
Write those thoughts out, get them out of your mind. Take a break. 
Turn off the computer, sketch something, take a large paintbrush and put your worries on paper. 
Get off social media for a while, stop worrying way too much about likes and popularity, make an artworks that you really love to make, that have a story and what resonates with you. 
Don't assume that you will fail, you may never know what may happen, so just let go of that negativity and move forward on making your dreams come true

So, how about you - what are your thoughts/tips about overthinking? 

This week I found some lovely resources - an inspiring blog posts about the topic - Stop Overthinking It by noahbradleyDon't Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making by 99u (Jocelyn K. Glei), 9 Ways To Stop Overthinking Everything and Why Overthinking Is The Root Of All Your Problems . :) 
Also a blog with so many amazing links of resourcful posts/websites/information, tumblr blog about workspaces and tools of other artists, this inspiring journal post by Yuuzathis huge list of free art related books and a video about wrist exercises that are so extremely important for your drawing hand - I recently been struggling with some wrist paint (bit overworked with studies and such), but taking breaks and doing these stretches really have helped a lot, so I would absolutely reccomend to watch this video and follow those exercises. :) 





P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/  and weekly 8 songs playlist. :) 

Have a wonderful week!

“sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past .. stop planning the future .. stop trying to figure out precisely how we feel .. stop deciding with our mind what we want our heart to feel and sometimes we just have to go with "whatever..happens..happens"
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I knew that someday I'd want pierced ears and if I ever spent some time to think about how uncomfortable it would be, I wouldn't do it. So the three times I got my ears pierced, it was alllll impulse. The first was easy, just one piercing in my upper ear. The next two not so easy, I got my lower lobes done and those are done in pairs. I had time to think how dumb my decision was while she was reloading the gun. :XD:

My biggest issue is phone calls. There are one or two people that can pop up on my phone that doesn't send my stomach into a series of knots. I hate hearing the phone ring any other time, and I'll do just about anything to get out of them. (LOTS of bad experience with phone calls.) I've got a business call I have to place within an hour that I'm dreading even though the guy was very nice last time, has been great to work with, and it should be a routine "finish this order" kind of call. Still don't wanna do it. The only way I can do these kind of things is to just set some events in motion that require it to be dealt with, like going to see my grandmother so she can watch the baby so I can make the call. Reverse guilt-tripping myself. Can't deny grandma time with the great-grandbaby because I'm chicken.

Art wise, eh, no worries. I know I'm not going to be at the skill I want for many more years, but I know so long as I keep poking, prodding, tweaking, and relaxing, I'll get there. No need to over think or be impulsive unless the mood hits me. Some works are better on a whim, some I like to let simmer for a while. =)
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Leslienflip Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Right on!
I needed to hear this.
TY
Leslie
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ASKFreakness Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I overthink; I think I'm just really paranoid. Still, that doesn't make up my laziness for everything I have done so far in my life. And I'm not very proud of it. However, it would be really nice to get away from reality for a bit, where no one bother you...
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Yui-Chikako Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I'm much of an overthinker too. I worry about panels, the camera shot, how I am to put it and edit and a lot of other things... But then music blows it all away~~
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Sozo-Teki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you dont mind, I want to link this to my steam profile so sfm artist and gmodders can read this that you made. 
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, thank you - that would be awesome. :) 
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lightfaith0606 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This is very helpful! Lately I've been overthinking and now these tips have influenced me. Thank you for this! ^-^
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Miichau Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something I've definitely been thinking about myself lately (as silly as that sounds since this topic is about overthinking)

But indeed, discovering that getting past the getting started part can do miracles :)
Good luck all of you!! ♥
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fitzml Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this post; it's so helpful.  I have a huge tendency to overthink things to the point of paralysis: what if I never get another new idea?  what if all the good ideas are already taken? what if this, what if that?  Then I watch You Tube videos or read endless news feeds for distraction.  It's a vicious cycle.  But I'm finding if I just get started doing something - anything, other activities tend to follow.  For instance, even if I'm not actually drawing or painting, I'll start cleaning the house and ideas will start coming.  I'll never understand why getting started is so hard, though.
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DalasKD Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I have been "lost" for nearly half a year now. I have felt like I have no drive for anything and my art is lacking.. or rather nonexistent. But, this has definitely helped me, I think. I just need to keep moving forward and continue drawing. Even if it's just little doodles, who knows? Maybe It will lead to my next big art piece. :)
Thank you very much!
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Lizzillustrations Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice post :) I think a big thing as well is that if you do end up procrastinating too much, don't feel horrible about it! stuff happens, tomorrow is another day. You can make up for it :) And if you don't no biggie, you'll make up for it next time you draw ;)
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PaytoniThePerv Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If only it were that easy...
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HasinaHr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the only time I am not overthinking is when I am skateboarding
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HasinaHr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and drawing
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akohk Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
This all sounds too familiar. I'm struggling, but slowly making progress, which makes me happy and, in turn, keeps me moving forward!
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mokitodoki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sometimes when I am overthinking things, I think "Why do I have to act this way? It's not a big deal, just try to have fun." Our problems really aren't a big deal, it'll pass, so why fuss over it? v.v
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hastypixels Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this.
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DietBudah Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can't recall the last time I added a journal to my favorites. This is insightful and inspirational. :)
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^ 
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RoadZero Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This journal is different from all the "take it easy" stuff I often see, so +fav
To get somewhere, you sometimes need to push and push yourself forward. I'm talking about pushing yourself away from bad habits you mentioned, and such.
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :) 
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nebg7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
that really helped clear some things in my mind i really want to become an animator but i am so afraid of failing and that my art is rubbish and that i should give up but this helped me understand some things thank you so much :D
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's lovely to hear and I hope you'll succeed in making your dreams come true! :) :hug:
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nebg7 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks :D (Big Grin) i am trying as hard as i can
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patbunNF Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really thank you. This topic can help me a lot, I always overthink when I have problem ^^.
So... again thank you XD.
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) and thank you for the wonderful comment. ^^
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patbunNF Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome ^^.
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nahtym Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   General Artist
Wonderful~!
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :) 
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TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   Digital Artist
There is a difference between overthinking and procrastination. One isn't necessarily thinking at all when one is procrastinating.
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the exact problem. Seeking for distractions in order to not think - about worries, important stuff. Ignoring those thoughts, wanting to escape from them. Procrastination is like a result of overthinking, something like an instant remedy, but if it happens way too often, if it has a bad consequences - then all those fears, doubts and bad thoughts appear with a sense of guilt about wasted time and in order to deal with that - we tend to procrastinate even more. :) 
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khoge2001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for all your awesome journals! they are what keeps me going :D
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much - knowing that keep me going too. ^^ :hug:
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Writer
Beautiful, dear friend. :rose:
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :huggle: 
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome! :hug:
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Dark-Little-Darkling Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for writing this... ;o;
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: ^^ 
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RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very True Indeed , We shall Always have Time for Ourselves and other People that we Love. Thanks for Making and Sharing this Wonderful Journal :handshake:
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :) Thank you for an inspiring comment. :huggle: ^^ 
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RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome :)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great journal. I have to agree with what you said here. It all varies from person to person though. I like the distraction while I do my work because it miraculously keeps me focused and motivated. It's like I can work for a few minutes then look at something else for a few minutes. If it's too quiet, for me, songs stuck in my head play or one thought can lead to another thought and throw me off of my routine. I am a self-defeating kind of person and anything where I am not disturbed and can keep my mind off of negativity is fine with me. I even play games but for research on character designs and other motivational factors including nice music and not just for entertainment.

I also struggle with procrastination but it's greater than that. I have a strict way I want to do things and I cannot draw under certain conditions. If I can't concentrate, I don't produce and even if I do produce something, it's not like I'm learning anything from it as I'm not able to pay attention to whatever I'm doing, see? Now to get my stories and characters together to make my comics... It is difficult to get past the delay period if I haven't gotten my ideas ready. I am the kind of person who doesn't act unless it feels just right and when the time is appropriate, it is appropriate.

Oh, and strangely enough, I came across this one silly "artist" not too long ago who forced their "opinions" down my throat about "talent" and cried foul when it appeared that I was when all I was doing was explaining my reasoning which is something they failed to do. They also didn't understand a compliment when they saw one unless they were hurt that I didn't have the same mentality as they did. This was a quite childish, popular and undeserving person and I have set a current goal for myself that I would like to become more skilled than this person and prove that I am much smarter. XD
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for an insightful comment. :) 

Yes, we all are so different - also using those distractions in a good way can be an useful thing. Like - listening to audiobooks, podcasts have helped me to focus attention more a lot. Having a small breaks is neccessary, not only to stretch out a bit, focus sight on other things to have a fresh look on own stuff and also to relax the wrist for a while.

I used to play a lot of games, but now I have become easily self-aware - that I'm sort of wasting my time and nothing feels fun enough for me. That's way I started to watch other people (on youtube) play those games, while drawing and enjoying great storylines and amazing sceneries in the same time. :) 

There are lots of nice and also lots of arrogant artists out there, who just want everyone to agree with them. In my opinion, there is no point to force your believes to others. And that's wonderful that you seem to have a positive outcome about that - another reason to stay motivated towards your goals. :) 
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Selune13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
That yawning cat is hilarious!!! Nice post. 
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :) 
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brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a miracle on this site! :D :hug: This is really gonna help me out because it describes exactly what I'm going through!
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :hug: ^^ 
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brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod: :huggle:
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Trixantra Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this.  A friend of mine sent me this link and it really couldn't have come at a better time.  I do have a lot of insecurities that spill over into my art and keep me from doing what I want and wish for.  Always thinking I'm just never good enough, never will be and hated everything I worked on growing up.  Was never happy with anything because I worried so much and compared myself to everyone else....which made me feel even worse.

This has hit me pretty hard while reading it.  It will take time, but this better proves what I should've been paying more attention to all along.
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snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for wonderful comment. (and thanks to your lovely friend for sharing my journal) :) 
Those doubts tend to be so destructive and being an introverted person never helps with that. That's why I adore to listen to podcasts about artists and their struggles and advice for others - It's so important to know that we are not alone in this. That was one of the reasons why I started making these journals, becoming more aware about these artist problems and trying to find ways to deal with that. 
I hope you will find a way to deal with overthinking and wish you all the best on your creative journey! :) 
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