We’ve all been there. Reached a creative burnout. It’s bound to happen.
So how do you bounce back?
It’s okay if you’ve reached the burnout point. It is only natural for your mind to get exhausted, especially if you’re working in a creative industry. It may seem hopeless but don’t worry. There is hope on the other side of that wall!
Take some time to rest and recuperate. Your body is probably trying to tell you to slow down. Once you’ve taken a break your mind will be ready tackle getting creative again.
Manage your time. When you’ve hit the burnout point, it can be easy to doubt everything that you are creating. Instead of focusing on making something perfect, learn to stop when something is good. Spending excess time trying to reach perfection is only going to wear you down farther.
You can even take time management to the next level by setting time restrictions on yourself in certain areas. Set a goal for the time you spend working on certain tasks or projects and restrict the time you spend on distractions (example: social media).
Know your limits. If you’re in a position where others depend on your creativity, it can be a lot of pressure. It’s okay to set boundaries with people that are wearing you down.
Find an outlet. One of the most common suggestions for people that have reached a creative burnout is to find a completely unrelated creative outlet. This allows you to exercise your creativity but without the pressure of being creative in the area that you’ve hit your road block in.
Ask for help. It’s okay to ask for help! If you’re feeling stuck, connect with others on your team to discuss ideas. Talking ideas over with others can really help get the creativity flowing.
Get back to the basics. Sometimes the hardest part when you’re experiencing a creative block is the beginning. Push past that mental barrier. Take it back to the basics, the things that you know. This could serve as the fresh approach that you needed to get those creative juices flowing again.
Need some inspiration?
What if you haven’t hit a major burnout but are just lacking some inspiration.
Get outside. Go for a walk. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Spending some time outside is a sure way to clear your mind, relieve stress and reset your creativity!
Clean your space. Organize your workspace. Tidy up your home. Spending some time decluttering can help to clear your mind and maybe even provide some inspiration.
Gather inspiration from others in your field. We have countless resources at our fingertips! Look at work from others in your field. Take some time to learn and be inspired from others and maybe this will trigger new ideas to flow.
Most importantly. Let loose and have fun! Take the pressure off by allowing yourself to do something you enjoy. Take a trip, play your favorite sport, or grab coffee with a friend. You can even shake things up and try something new!