Fuel Your Designs With Motivation

As a designer, there are a few things you need in order to keep creating fresh works of art. One of those things is (the often forgotten) ‘motivation’. Motivation is an important factor in your ability to convey new messages each and every time your pen hits the paper (so to speak). But how do we keep our motivation running at its highest level?

I Want My Mojo

At times, you will find it hard to stay motivated with the client’s latest demands changes with their design and it can easily deter you from all future projects along that path. As a result you will continue to feed that ‘lazy’ voice that will say things like “Maybe you should hold back on designing for a while” and “Take a break for a month” to avoid further annoyances.

It is in that moment that you need to reactivate the activity and reclaim your ‘mojo’. Keep working on that clients design and then make contact with a few more businesses to create opportunities for your next projects. It is in that activity that you will find your ‘mojo’ to continue along the design path with a greater strength and with fresh ideas.

Spread it Out

By increasing your activity (e.g. jobs, meetings etc) you will be spreading out your workload across various activities, which will in turn increase the amount of feedback you will receive. Instead of just having one client with one project and waiting for their satisfaction with the completion of the project; spread out your client/activity base so you are not waiting on one person. The more projects you have going on at the one time the better your chances to be able to take any criticism and work with it, without it heavily affecting your motivation.

Keep it Real

By adding more variation to your workflow, you will inevitably keep things much fresher in your mind and have the ability to change much easier; making your current and future projects a bit more exciting. However, you do need to keep it real and only add extra activity without pushing aside a current project that needs urgent attention.

Streamline the Flow

With up to ten projects on the go at any one time I am continually challenged to create unique pieces of work, which in turn fuels my motivation to keep going. It also keeps my mind busy which helps streamline the flow of information and helps me process my thoughts into workable ideas much easier. When you have a lot of new things going on at the one time you will constantly be in ‘the zone’ and your ideas will soon flow like a water park speed slide.


Motivation is the fuel that will continue to push your designs further allowing you to reach out to bigger and better opportunities. It is with activity that our motivation will thrive. Keep your activity pumping by expanding your clientele, workload or projects, and allow yourself the chance to stay in ‘the zone’ more often.

While the above message may be simple, it is very effective in creating a powerful design portfolio and constant excitement throughout the design process. I wish you all the best with your endeavours.

Diesel Laws

Diesel Laws is a designer, producer and entrepreneur. Diesel has a unique ability to be able to pre-envision his creations; making him a powerhouse in business and design, as well as a master of motivation. You can reach him via his <a href="">website</a> and <a href="">Facebook</a>.

  • nice! :)

  • Thank you for posting my article. I hope people get a lot of inspiration from it to move forward with their work at a much better rate.

    – Diesel Laws
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  • thankyou, your right motivation is the key to success and if we start to get slack, then it shows in our work and we can start thinking the worst. usually when that happens we end up doing the worst.

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  • Dara

    Thanks just what I needed to read today. :)

  • Great post and tips for motivation. Actually staying active with a variety of projects can most definitely help — fantastic point!
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  • tom

    Thanks for this article. Sometimes it’s hard to be motivated the whole day ;-)

  • Great advice here. I have a hard time keeping the mojo and staying motivated at times. I find it helps to walk away for a while, do something else, then return to work. I’ve also found that most of my good ideas occur when I’m away from the computer.
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  • Good Article…Thanks
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  • @Paul: Slackness (or lack of activity) can definitely show in your work and can be uninspiring and continue fueling the inactivity – good to know you’re on to it!
    @Dara: Welcome!
    @Crystal: Thanks so much!
    @Tom: Hope it helps you for now and into the future!
    @Nathan Brown: A lot of people tend to get great ideas when they least expect it (i.e. away from the computer) and it shows in the work that they do and the fresh creativity that comes from it. Thanks for your added tip!
    @Kwame: Welcome.
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  • Superb article! Just what I needed today!

    “It is with activity that our motivation will thrive. Keep your activity pumping by expanding your clientele, workload or projects, and allow yourself the chance to stay in ‘the zone’ more often.”

    This is so true! Brilliant! I completely agree. Thanks for sharing. :)