Folks who delve into freelancing are, by and large, creative rockstars on their end — from illustrators to copywriters to social media gurus. These individuals are paid to do what they love most, collaborate with other creative individuals, and most of all, they own their time and work at their own pace. However, creating new material is no easy feat, particularly if one is overwhelmed with too many tasks at hand. Such overwhelming feeling may seriously lead to creative burnout.
Are you mentally drained and creatively stifled as of the moment? Continue reading for quick yet very effective fixes to recharging your creative batteries!
Learn to say no and stick to tasks which you are truly passionate about.
While it’s very tempting to grab every commissioned work and project thrown at you, pause for a moment and reflect on whether you would be able to finish everything within the specified time frames. Stick to the projects which you truly love doing and say adios for now to those who don’t!
Leave your workspace and take a walk.
The prolific New York Times illustrator Maira Kalman is a huge proponent of taking walks to keep those creative muscles working. “Without cell phones, just walk and observe what’s around you for half an hour.” Kalman recommends. “And I am sure—I’m very sure—that asking them to spend half an hour without a cell phone is like asking them to take their clothes off. No cell phones, no cup of coffee—just take a solitary walk.”
If you live in a city, consider walking your dog, visit a museum or the public library, or even go for a quick run. You’re luckier if you live near the countryside as you can walk along trails and allow nature to re-inspire you!
Look, listen, read, and ogle at pretty stuff for 20 to 30 minutes.
If it’s not possible for you to go outside and talk a walk or run, close whatever it is that you’re working on and devote roughly half an hour to reading your favorite blogs, listening to your favorite band, or browsing through creative online hangouts such as Etsy and Pinterest! Ogle and enjoy other people’s work while sipping some green tea.
How about you? What do you usually keep those creative embers burning? Share your best practices in the comment section below.