Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It May Not Be Burnout-You Might Just Need A Change.

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."- Lao Tzu

Before you decide you are totally burned out, think for a moment: Is it burnout you are feeling or do you just need a change? 
Call it the curse of routine restlessness or just being too comfortable. Routines are the same-old-same-old. That is why they grow stale. That is why we get curious. 

"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones." -John Maynard Keynes

The big question to ask yourself-
If you are not following your creative instincts, then what are you following? 
• perhaps it's a habit.
• a comfy pattern.
• fear of change.
• fear of the new.

It's Spring and with that comes growth, warmer temperatures and reinvention. No one said being an illustrator was not going to come without challenges. No, this career comes with an infinite learning curve for sure. It challenges us to our creative core but we come back for more every single time!

Try these ideas for size:
• Do more self-directed work. 
• Work on new ideas for promotions. 
• Talk to your illustration friends more.
• Write about what you do on your blogs. Share your knowledge. 
• Rewrite your bio. This is an instant creative boost right there. 
• Step away from social networking more. It's important to network but making work is much more important. 
• Don't wait to asked to do things. Make more opportunities for yourself. 
• Do some Spring cleaning or rearrange your work space. This can be a huge refresher in itself!
• Listen to more podcasts while you work. 
• Take a day for yourself. We don't need to work all the time. Quiet time is important too. 

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates