Today, the number of young entrepreneurs, freelancers and employees in the creative arena is currently increasing. Everyone knows someone who’s a great photographer, videographer, writer, voice over talent, et cetera. In the time of creative ads and heavily competitive markets, the creative business has never been more lucrative.
However, things like “writer’s block” and “creative burnout” get in the way sometimes. Maybe it’s the fact that some talents are not paid as well as they should be. Maybe it’s lack of conducive environment. Maybe it’s because the industry has blurred the lines between devotion and deadline. Sometimes doing what we love still gets to our nerves when the other factors decide to join in.
If you find yourself getting caught up in this mess, ask yourself a few questions: Do I feel lazy? Do I consider this day (and yesterday) productive? Can I focus on a task? If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then you need help.
We are lucky now that technology helps us to do and create more things than before. It’s supposed to simplify our lives but, undeniably, it makes us crazy too! That is why it’s important to realign our priorities and remind ourselves what results we really want at the end of the day.
Here are some quick tips:
Take a breather once in a while. Take short breaks (like rewards!) once every 90 to 120 minutes. Listen to a song you like. Watch a music video. Read poetry. Or you may even take a quick trip to the kitchen/ convenience store and get some of your favorite candy.
If you’re a very busy freelancer, try to limit your meetings to less than an hour. Prepare an agenda and always focus on your goals everytime you talk to someone. This way, you don’t get your agenda sidetracked and you can maximize your day’s productivity. Moreover, don’t just check your emails anytime; allocate specific times to check and respond to emails. Also, now that social media can be a very good tool for communication, use this time to check your Facebook and Twitter inbox too.
De-clutter. Life is so much easier if you know where your things are. This way, your brain has one less thing to worry about. (And you stop losing your stuff too!)
Lastly, have some time for yourself. Relax. Don’t think about your stress. It will only stress you out even more! Instead, take time to relax at the end of the day so you can prep your brain to shift from being work-oriented to creativity-oriented. Most of the time, a nap works too. (Trust me, I have a lot of artist friends who swear by this technique!)
Hope that helped you, dear creative career superman/woman!