There are some great suggestions here. This is something I’ve struggled with a lot. Music helps a bunch but I also find that a focus on removing options and obstacles can make it possible to get that extra bit of art in the day.
Removing obstacles is all about making it as easy as possible to draw, no materials to find, no stairs to climb, no decisions to make. For me, this meant getting a lap desk and pencil case to put next to the comfy corner of the couch. I wind up in this spot when I’m tired naturally. Now whenever I wind up here I have the unappealing option of sitting vacantly staring at the wall or I can reach down and grab those art supplies.
Removing options, has meant making digital devices and distraction more difficult to get to than art supplies. My studio has no wi-fi. I moved the charging station for all my gadgets away from my comfy spots. And, many years ago I got rid if my TV.
It’s funny how just making things a tiny bit more convenient has resulted in a lot more artwork getting done. I hope some part of this helps.
I read once that the mind is like an elephant and will power is like a rider. The mind is much more powerful than the rider but isn’t good at strategy. If the rider tries to over direct, the elephant will grow tired of following the rules and charge off completely disregarding the rider, so a smart rider chooses battles wisely and creates situations the give the elephant direction without having to exert force. It’s a tricky thing guiding a mind.
I’m so glad you posted this topic. Getting everyone’s thoughts has helped me a lot.