We have all experienced creative burnout at one time or another. I usually feel burnt out when I work too much without taking time to recharge. Sometimes the burnout is a short amount of time, like an afternoon, and other times it is months long. Here are 8 quick tips on how to overcome creative burnout.
How To Overcome Creative Burnout
1. Take A Break
Taking a break is usually the first step I take when feeling burnout. If you are working on a project and just feel stuck then get up, take a walk, pet a dog, talk to someone, just do something else. Sometimes that does the trick. I’ve also taken LONG breaks. Like, months long. I’ve lost motivation to come up with content for the blog for months at a time. If you’re passionate about something, though, you’ll find a way back, usually feeling refocused and recharged.
2. Work On A New Project
Sometimes it helps to step away from your current project and to start something new to get the creative juices flowing. I find this especially helpful if your new project is completely different than the one you are stuck on. It might be helpful to collaborate on a project with someone else, too, to brainstorm some new ideas.
Exercise always helps clear my mind. Before I was super pregnant, I’d hit the gym multiple times a week and it always put me in a good mindset. Now, I usually just walk my dogs every day. Getting outside and walking is always a great, healthy choice to help reset your brain and get back to the task at hand.
4. Jot Down New Ideas
I’m the kind of person who always has a notebook on me. I keep a lazy bullet journal. (In case you are unfamiliar with what the heck a bullet journal is, you can check out this guide from The Lazy Genius about Bullet Journals.) That way, when inspiration hits, I can write down a new idea, blog post, project… whatever comes to mind. And then when I’m racking my brain for some new thoughts, I can flip back through my bullet journal and see what strikes my fancy.
5. Do Something Just For Fun
Like, hello, we all need some fun in our lives or what’s even the point of doing anything? What’s something you absolutely love to do that maybe you don’t make time for? I love hiking, taking my dogs places, spending time with friends, and watching movies. Doing something fun usually helps me find inspiration in what I’m doing, or it helps me overcome some sort of mental roadblock.
6. Read A Book, Watch A Movie, Or Listen To Music
You never know what missing piece of the creative burnout puzzle you were missing until you hear, read, or see something and it just clicks. There are so many different types of media that you can find inspiration from. If you are a creative entrepreneur like myself, then check out my post about 4 Must-Listen Podcasts for Creative Entrepreneurs to hopefully help you get inspired!
7. Go Somewhere New
If you know me at all, then you know that I love to travel. Going somewhere new always inspires me. You don’t have to take a vacation to another country to find inspiration, though. You can be a tourist in your own city. Check out a new coffee shop, walk your dogs in a different park, or even take a day trip to somewhere you just haven’t made the time to go visit yet. Wherever you decide to go, I’m sure that you will find just going somewhere new is a good step on how to overcome creative burnout.
8. Just Get Started
Sometimes the best thing to do is to just do it. A friend once told me, “done is better than perfect.” And I think that is really solid advice. How many times do you get stuck because you think what you’re working on must be this beautiful, polished piece of work? I know that is something that I used to struggle with. Just get it done. Sit down and write. Go out and take photos. Power through the self-doubt. Stop comparing your work to others and get it done.
I hope these 8 quick tips on how to overcome creative burnout will help you on whatever journey you’re on. Don’t let burnout stop you from doing what you’re passionate about.