Creative burnout is a problem that all of us have. No matter what you do, I’m sure you’ve felt the struggle before – of feeling stuck and not knowing how to become unstuck. You want to be working, but for some reason the light inside your head is dimming and you just can’t string the thoughts together.
More often than not, I’ve come up against the struggle of creative burnout. Sat staring at a blinking cursor and trying to muster the inspiration within myself to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it.
When I’m feeling like this, I find it pretty head to get myself out of a funk – I’m sure we’re all in the same in that way, which is why I decided 6 months back to start strategising how I would deal with the problem.
Taking time away from the thing I’m feeling most uninspired by is vital. I get myself out of that situation, and away from anything that might stress me out or put pressure on me to create, so that I can focus on overcoming whatever it is that’s holding me back. Sometimes, I find that I suffer burnout through the age-old game of comparison that my brain loves to play with itself and other people I see online. If you feel the same way, you can check out my post about comparing yourself to others online right here.
However much time you need, making sure that you’re getting a breather from the internet will do wonders for your productivity and creativity, and by the end of it you’ll probably be raring to go with ideas and plans to get moving on your projects.
Take the Pressure Off
One of the worst things to feel when you can’t create is pressure. Deadlines that you’re going to miss, posts and content that you want to get posted ASAP but you can’t figure out how to do it. Similar to logging off, you need to take the pressure off yourself to be constantly trying to create.
As the old saying goes, a watched pot never bolls. Your ideas can’t flow if you’re sat there waiting for them to come. It’s like how the best ideas come to you at night, when you’re already in bed and either falling asleep – or waking up in the middle of the night from a dream. Because you’re totally engrossed with doing something else, your mind has relaxed and the ideas come to you easier than if you were focussing on forcing out content every which way.
Find what makes you relax – is it going travelling? Spending time outside with your friends? Booking yourself into a little spa day, or maybe a staycation? Or, in a much less drastic scenario, is it by doing a labour of love like baking? Or gardening? Something that’s completely away from your computer and the internet, something physical that you can channel your energy into and not have you sat idly by waiting for the ideas to flow.
Get Ahead of the Game
Now, this won’t help if you’re already dealing with creative burnout – but, if you’ve read my posts before, you might know that I’m quite the cheerleader for editorial calendars. The amount of times that mine has saved me in a tough spot is unmentionable, because I’ve been able to plan my content well in advance (and usually due to a bunch of those awesome lightbulb moments that happen while I’m falling asleep), it has kept me ahead of myself for when I do inevitably fall into those tougher spots and feel like I can’t think of what to write about.
My scheduling also extends to my social media networks, which I touch on in greater detail in this blog post. The importance of scheduling is to take the pressure off yourself – so that when you are available to get some work done, you can save your future self some hassle and get as far in advance as you can. I’m usually about a month further than the present day with my blog, and then with Instagram and Twitter that fluctuates based on how many photos I’ve taken and where I am with my content planner. With Twitter, I am very on-the-fly with my posts, whereas Instagram and Pinterest are done quite a bit further in advance.
Creative burnout is something that we’re always going to be battling with, and no matter how many speedbumps we put in place to stop it jumping out at us in the dark – it will probably always find a way (or two). I’d love to know how you deal with creative burnout, and what in particular helps you find your mojo after a funk, if you want to leave it in the comments below!
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