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5 Powerful Ways to Bounce Back from Creative Burnout -RescueTime Blog

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5 Powerful Ways to Bounce Back from Creative Burnout -RescueTime Blog
Burnout is devastating for anyone. But it can be especially hard on those whose jobs depend on being creative and innovative every single day. Burnout snuffs out your creative spark. It makes simple tasks hard and creative ones nearly impossible. As designer Frank Chimero writes: "Fatigue happens to your body, but burnout exhausts your soul."

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Understand your limitations

Understand your limitations

Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.

When you limit your time spent on specific tasks, you give yourself permission to make choices. Instead of fighting perfectionism for example, you learn to stop when things are good enough.

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Learn to say no

Learn to say no

 ... especially to projects and clients that suck the creativity out of you.

When your mental resources are limited, you need to make sure they’re going to the right tasks. Burnout decimates your motivation, making working on projects you’re uninterested in an agonizing process.

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Finding a creative outlet

Finding a creative outlet

Find a completely unrelated creative outlet: look for a creative task with lower stakes to help ease you back into things and re-ignite your creativity and motivation.

What are the things in your own life that you enjoy but aren’t necessarily “productive”? 

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Self-care and creative fuel

Self-care and creative fuel

How you give yourself self-care is up to you. 

It could mean going to bed an hour earlier. Making time for a walk in nature. Going to an art show. Or even just doing something fun.

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Strict, yet realistic deadlines

Strict, yet realistic deadlines

For example, if you need to write a chapter of a book, instead of sitting down and looking at a black page for hours on end, break it up into tiny increments and set tight deadlines (such as 250 words every 20 minutes).

Not only will you not have time to become self-critical, but once you start working it’s much easier to keep going.

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The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall i...

Reorganizing Your Goal Hierarchy

As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:

  1. Create a chart and place your major goal at its top, followed by layers of very specific subgoals needed to attain the major goal.
  2. Find and fix the inefficiencies in your goal hierarchy.
  3. Determine the attainability of each goal.

Burnout Symptoms And Signs Of Exhaustion

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired concentration/ forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased illness
  • Physical symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems.

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Burnout

Burnout

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that one has failed to manage.

We may think...

Workplace Hell

It gets frustrating to become involved in our work, but to have a work environment that is not conducive to our deeper involvement.

If a workplace rookie (or even a manager) finds the working environment to be authoritative, opaque, chaotic or uncaring towards the employee, there is bound to be burnout, something that is increasingly common in software development profiles.

The Burnout Road

There are many companies that create a ‘road to burnout’ and there are some signs that point towards that:

  1. Criticising your colleagues, clients, managers for their decisions or actions.
  2. Having an impression of decreased work quality.
  3. Only doing the work that is asked.

How to overcome burnout

  • Prioritise Nourishment.  Get quality rest, eat food that will fuel your body's recovery, exercise gently, get fresh air and also nourish your heart.
  • Acknowledge You...