How Entrepreneurs Can Identify and Overcome Creative Burnout

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As an entrepreneur, you most likely started your business with a lot of passion and energy. But let’s be honest, over time though, this enthusiasm can fade. 

If you’re experiencing something like this, you may be burnt out — the state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion resulting from constant stress — and you’re not alone. 

According to a poll by Flexjobs, 75% of people report feeling the effects of burnout. Burnout is typically associated with experiencing a “block,” and any industry, including those who own or start a small business, freelance business, or work in an office setting can feel this. 

To make sure it doesn’t impact your business, it’s important to identify the signs and symptoms.

How To Identify Creative Burnout

Creative burnout can sneak up on you, and sometimes the warning signs are often subtle. It can fester from a variety of problems. 

For example, you may feel unmotivated, incompetent, or frustrated while learning design terms for media art projects when you’re used to writing content. 

When you experience burnout, you may start to question the quality of your ideas or lose confidence in your intuition. Don’t get discouraged — the key is recognizing your symptoms and taking steps to address the problem. 

Signs and symptoms of creative burnout:

It’s possible to temporarily “shake off” these symptoms by switching up the kind of work you do. Still, if this doesn’t happen naturally and regularly, chances are you are suffering from creative burnout. There are several different approaches to managing burnout.

How To Deal With Creative Burnout

If you have recognized some of your own feelings in the symptoms listed above, consider implementing some of the steps below to overcome creative burnout:

Burnout can be unique to the person experiencing it, so there’s not going to be a one-size-fits-all solution. By experimenting and trying out different options, you may find the one that works best for you.

How To Prevent Creative Burnout in the Future

To avoid creative burnout in the future, it’s essential to maintain a work-life balance and make the most out of your workday through time management and task prioritization. Stay focused on the big picture. 

However, this is sometimes easier said than done, which is why it’s important to remember the following preventative measures:

Creative slumps happen from time to time, so it’s important to take the right steps to address them. By spending some time on yourself and learning how to prioritize your energy, you’ll be able to overcome creative burnout. 

In some cases, this may mean taking a vacation (or a staycation), or simply finding strategies to stay ahead of your competition and avoid overexerting yourself in the long run. Invest in the best options for you, and take comfort in knowing that burnout isn’t forever.

Natasha Ivanovic is a Vancouver-born creative writer that started her writing career as a freelancer while studying for her Master’s in Investigative Psychology. On the weekends, she writes short stories for her blog, TheLonelySerb, and cuddles with her bulldog, Bob.