Tip 1. Pour yourself a glass of your favourite beveragino – this is bound to get the creative juices flowing… and if not, pour another!
Tip 2. Spend a minimum of 3 hours with animals, we suggest really cuddly ones. This will increase your serotonin levels which will help you persevere on that one niggly task you’re getting stuck on!
Tip 3. Go get yourself a treat to nibble on, we suggest something with a lot of sugar. This will give you the energy boost you’ve been craving for but prepare for a crash… which we’ve accounted for in our next tip.
Tip 4. Aha it’s time for a snooze! Sometimes you need to get away from the task you’re stuck on and come back with fresh eyes. An afternoon nap will do just that!
Alright enough with the half joking, half seriousness. It’s time to get into our actual tips that will help you avoid creator burnout. If the above tips actually resonate with you though, knock yourself out however if you’re thinking yeah that’s not gonna cut the mustard, we’ve got you boo, stay with us.
We get it, you want to do it all and do it quickly but that’s not very realistic now is it? Start by setting achievable goals and manageable expectations for yourself. Avoid overwhelming yourself with unrealistic demands and instead focus on a few key objectives at a time. Remember baby steps are still steps!
Create clear boundaries between your work and personal life. I know it can be tempting to check your emails when you’re supposed to be offline, but it’s a trap! Don’t do it! Instead, allocate specific hours for your creative pursuits and designate time for rest, relaxation, and social activities to maintain balance.
Make self-care a priority. Do activities that recharge your energy and nourish your well-being, such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, pursuing hobbies, and connecting with loved ones. If you’re required to use a screen most of your day, it’s time to switch off the screen.. yes that means TikTok too. Instead, go for a walk first, call a mate, or cook a meal just to give yourself a break… Then you can watch some TikTok. Oh and if you just need a break from social media, we’ve got a blog to help you combat the Social Media Fatigue… SMF it’s a real thing, the acronym I made up isn’t though.
Recognise when it’s necessary to delegate or outsource tasks that are beyond your capacity. Whether it’s administrative work, editing, or other non-creative responsibilities, freeing up your time and energy can prevent overwhelm. As much as you want to, you can’t do it all and hey maybe we can help. We have a range of services such as social media, video and photo, google ads and lots more, check em out!
Ooof this can be tricky for us creative people who are bound by no time limits but by implementing effective time management techniques to optimise productivity and avoid procrastination we’ll be in a much better place – I promise! Use tools like calendars, to-do lists, and productivity apps to prioritise tasks and stay organised.
Connect with fellow creators and build a support network. Engage in communities, attend events, or join online groups where you can share experiences, seek advice, and find encouragement during challenging times. Remember that a problem shared is a problem halved!
Incorporate regular breaks into your creative routine. Stepping away from your work allows your mind to rest, rejuvenate, and generate fresh ideas. Short breaks throughout the day and longer breaks, such as vacations, can prevent burnout. Creative people need to be inspired so don’t stare at the same thing for too long, you need change even if it’s a change in scenery every now and then.
Stay connected to your purpose and passion as a creator. Regularly remind yourself why you started and the joy that your creative pursuits bring. Reconnecting with your core motivations can fuel your drive and help you navigate challenges.
So there you have it. Avoiding burnout is crucial for creators to sustain their passion and maintain their creative output. By giving these tips and tricks a go, such as setting realistic goals, establishing boundaries, practising self-care, and seeking support, you can nurture your well-being and continue to thrive as a creator. Remember, taking care of yourself is not only essential for your own well-being but also for the quality and longevity of your creative endeavours. If you think you may actually just need some extra help and are ready to implement the delegate and outsource tip, get in touch! We’re here to help!