Holy smokes guys!! Thank you, thank you for all of your feedback to my “Burnout at Age 26″ post last Wednesday. It’s incredible to see that so many other creatives are in the exact same place as I am and have the exact same obstacles. It’s kind of refreshing to hear that I’m not alone in this and that so many people are willing to share their stories. Turns out that age 26 is just a demon, haha.
Thanks to my lovely readers, I’ve compiled a list of things to do/try if you ever get in a creative funk or if you’re headed for burnout. I’ve also listed some really important things to remember when you’re down and out. This post makes me feel like Baz Luhrmann (the guy that sung the “Sunscreen” song). So add, “wear sunscreen” to the list of things to remember.
Things to try:
1. Try letting go….see what clarity presents itself afterwards
2. Go back to school, take a class, take an e-course
3. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and just go with the flow
4. Say “NO” if you’re feeling overwhelmed (I wrote a post last year about cutting your current schedule in half)
5. Network, network, network…never stop networking
6. You know those things you do while you’re procrastinating…do those!
7. Take a sabbatical or any length of time
9. Utilize creative recruiting agencies
10. Plan for short term, and for long term (I use TeuxDeux to make lists)
11. Incorporate more mediums into the things you explore
12. “Plan, Save, Make the leap, and Give yourself a year”
14. Read The Four Hour Work Week
15. Volunteer your time
Things to remember:
1. As humans, we’re naturally always searching for happiness
2. Try your hardest to be self-aware and honest with yourself at all times
3. When you fail, you’ll most likely learn something about yourself
4. Treasure your free time and don’t forget to soak it all in
5. You are NOT alone!
6. Inspiration comes and goes, waxes and wanes, ebb & flow (don’t get too attached)
7. Carve out a few hours here and there to do something you’re insanely passionate about
8. Everything WILL work itself out
9. Please be patient
10. Always trust your gut first