So upon identifying my Creative Burnout I’ve spent the day trying to find a good solution for getting out of this rut and finding my passion again without the nagging feeling that I’ve had for all my projects recently.
First off, I need a new hobby. I think one of the reasons I’ve been feeling burnt out is that my hobbies are the same as my work. So lettering and animating for fun doesn’t really feel like getting away from working because it’s the same process and stressors. I need to find a different activity other than making other creative things like videos and animations or lettering. So some hobbies I’ve been trying to either rekindle or start are read more, puzzles, and write.
Secondly, I need to clean. Which is what I’ve spent most of today doing. Cleaning my room and trashing things I don’t need. I think getting my space in order will help. It’s refreshing to have a reorganized room, although I still have another cleaning activity to tackle…my computer files. My files have gotten out of hand since graduation last year and I have so much cleaning to do as a result. Basically getting some things in order is gonna help a ton.
Third, a change of scenery. I work in the same space every day and I haven’t changed it in a year now. Planning on hanging a few photos and motivational quotes. Also need to get my exercise back in order. My mom just gifted me a new Fitbit Alta and I’ve realized I don’t move very much these days. At least I have Pokemon Go & Fitbit to help motivate the exercising now.
Another thing I’m going to work on is a better schedule. I wake up late but spend a lot of time working on my projects late in the evenings. It’s been really confusing to my sleep schedule. Working from home is confusing too because I don’t have an exact transition for the beginning or end of my day so I just end up working until dinner time or until I get sleepy. There have been a lot times where my alarm goes off to remind me to go to bed and I’ve realized I haven’t even started on a blog post, nor gotten ready for bed for that matter. Mornings I usually let myself be lazy, but as soon as I get coffee in my body and my bed is made I’m typically working on a project for as long as I can. So going to bed earlier & waking up early to do things like exercise is the goal now.
I’ve been trying to pin down what my stressors are and honestly I think I just take on too many personal projects. Even though I’m not working a full-time job I’m always trying to create something for myself. Remember all those resolutions I made? Silly thing is that even though I’ve basically abandoned most of them I’m still putting them on my to-do-list half the time. Not to mention I’m still trying to make this Selfi Animation, work on a title sequence for my BookTube-A-Thon TBR, Character Animation Bootcamp, and add a couple freelance jobs to my todo list. On top of all of this I keep not wanting to miss out on family and friend time so I keep saying ‘yes’ to little things.
I’ve also noticed that I’ve been getting angry at myself for every little break and unproductive moment I have. I know you can’t be productive 100 percent of the time, but for some reason I’m so angry for taking an hour to work on the titles when I should be working on the bootcamp, and then I get angry at myself for not finishing my work on the selfi animation, and argh. It’s a terrible cycle of feeling guilty every time I work on one project and not the other, as well as a bit overwhelmed at my todo list. I’m going have to work on my prioritizing too.
It’s strange to call this burnout ’cause I feel like I’m doing far less than what I was in school, but when I look through the list of symptoms I feel like I’ve been identifying with them for the past couple weeks. I’m beginning to feel wrong in calling it burnout, it might be more stuck than overworked, but the symptoms seem to be almost the same when you list them out. Either way it’s time for some change and getting some new habits in will help a lot.