CAREER DEVELOPMENT / AUG. 07, 2015
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5 Ways to Overcome Creative Burnout

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Sometimes, it’s only natural that you feel less motivated than usual to do any work. Like it or not, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, and quite often you feel so tired like a train has run over your brain leaving you with nothing to work with. This creative burnout is mostly felt when your energy levels are incredibly low… or when you’re just plain bored.

This stagnant situation where you notice a lack of creativity doesn’t really allow you to do much. Within that timeframe, your mind feels blocked, which only leaves you unable to focus on anything for more than five minutes. Not to mention the fact that ideas don’t come to you easily, which only leads you to either getting frustrated at the world or even yourself.

See Also: 5 Ways to Find Inspiration Everywhere

But since creativity is vital to your development and success, you will need to learn how to survive these creative blackouts and turn the moment around into creating something meaningful.

Luckily for you, there are many ways you can get that spark of creativity back in no time. This article stresses upon the importance of creativity on our personal development and the significance it holds within our everyday lives. As such, it provides some useful suggestions to help you call upon your imagination when you’re running out of that magic spell.

Creativity Is Important

Despite the fact that the definition of the word ‘creativity’ signifies creating something beautiful and unique, there’s much more to it. When you feel creative, not only do you encourage yourself to think outside of the box but you also allow yourself to develop both personally and professionally.

Searching for a Job

This is the reason why it’s considered to be one of the most essential qualities jobseekers possess and employers often look for signs of originality and imagination in their candidates. The one who’s more capable of demonstrating that kind of creativity is also the person to most likely get the job. That’s because creative people know how to use their inventiveness effectively as to differentiate themselves from the crowd.

 So, why is creativity so important to you? Here’s the answer:

  • It boosts self-confidence.
  • It allows you to express yourself.
  • It helps you generate ideas and contribute to a group meaningfully.
  • It strengthens your problem-solving abilities and critical thinking.
  • It helps you come up with effective and innovate solutions.

Starting a Business

Similarly, in business, creativity is a valuable tool. Not only does it encourage innovation and change but it also facilitates learning and effective management. In fact, the Harvard Business Review supports that idea and says ‘creativity is essential to… entrepreneurship’ as it is fundamental to the role of a leader. The Routledge’s textbook on Creativity in Business goes much further into pointing out that creative thinking can help managers make better decisions in planning, organising, leading, and controlling their organisations. In that sense, creativity allows certain problems to be solved, generating opportunities for business growth and better organisational success.

If you are not yet convinced that creativity has power, then think about this:

  • You need creativity to be able to create a revolutionary product or service.
  • You need creativity to help you deal with business and life dilemmas.
  • You need creativity to advance in life – e.g. science technology.

What You Should Do

If you want to avoid creative burnouts, you have to make sure you keep yourself busy throughout the day. When that’s not possible, there are always other easier ways to challenge your creative mind that might be worth trying out. Check them out:

1. Get Inspired

Perhaps the most obvious and easiest way to win back your creativity is to listen to music or looking at a unique piece of art. Taking the time to observe elements in the arts that go unnoticed at first glance can help you unlock your own creativity and think of ways you can implement this in your work. Think about how artists, writers, musicians, and even dancers use using the information in their environment to create words, music, and art.

2. Do Things That Make You Laugh

Yes, you read that right. A number of studies have shown that laughter increases productivity in the sense that it makes you happier in your job and, as such, increases your work performance. Apart from that though, it’s been argued that laughter is critical to success and it can provide a ‘great stimulus for creativity’, as Francisco Saez states on FacileThings. So, whatever you think is funny, do it more often, whether this includes reading books, playing video games, or watching movies.

3. Try Something New

Creativity facilitates change, and change is good. That’s because it’s the only way you can beat routine. Whenever you feel that something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, you have to change your perspective by trying to do it differently. Figure out why it won’t work, and look for new ways to expand on your ideas or even change your environment. This should help you see things in a new light and explore your possibilities.

4. Take Some Time Off

Experts suggest that taking regular breaks after every two or two and half hours is beneficial to ensuring that you are being productive. That’s because after a few hours of work your brain stops to function on full speed. So, whenever you feel the creative burnout kicking in, get outside, visit the stores, go for a walk, talk to someone, or take the day off until you feel you are yourself again.

5. Have Fun

The reason why you are feeling so bored and tired may be the fact that you don’t allow yourself to give into moments of pure enjoyment. If after a hard day at work you go home and have yourself working on work-related assignments, then you are not giving yourself time to relax and recharge. Having fun is as important as laughing, so make sure you plan for some fun activities throughout the week to break the routine.

If creative burnout is something you experience often, perhaps it’s high time you start doing something about it. As you can see, creativity is essential to success and it’s a quality you want to make good use of in order to help yourself develop.

What you should always keep in mind is that creativity comes to you when you are relaxed and having fun. Also, going out at any change you make and experimenting with new things is the key to unlocking your creative potential.

See Also: Are You Doing Any of These Things? Find Out if You Are a Truly Creative Person

As a final note, Tom Wujec gives you another take on creativity and problem-solving by going over the toast-making process in this TED Talk. He actually points out how important these two elements are even when doing something as simple as making toast.

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So, what’s your secret to overcoming creative burnout? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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