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The Balancing Act of Creativity

Trish Manrique

The Balancing Act of Creativity by Trish Manrique on October 10th, 2017

Burnout is real. I’ve heard about it and seen it happen in the workplace. Someone will ask you for a great idea and you are unable to produce one. Your work can get exhausting and you may feel unmotivated but the key is to find the perfect balance and know how to de-stress.

Recently, I found an insightful article, “Following this creativity cycle could save you from burnout” that I thought would be great to share with my team and colleagues. The artist, Emily Cheeseman, created an infinity chart depicting the importance of action versus recovery. Being a Creative, there’s ongoing expectation that you should be constantly doing and thinking creative. In reality, that isn’t possible and there’s a need for a middle ground between productivity and rest.

Burnout are those periods of time that require longer recovery time. In order to prevent it, there are several ways to get your game back and infuse your creativity again.

  1. Talk to your manager/supervisor. It’s best to be open an honest about it and tell him/her that you want to be successful at your job and what steps are required to get to where you were 6 or 12 months ago.
  2. Remember that it’s a marathon. Work at a steady pace and don’t rush.
  3. Surround yourself with positivity. Be around people who motivate you and push you to be better. The worst thing you can do for yourself is be around a negative space.

Remember, that it’s a balancing act and something that may take months and even years to achieve. For those who don’t need that time, what’s your secret?! The cycle continues and the only way to go is forward. You have to realize your needs to be successful and ensure you’re giving yourself time to execute ideas and generate them.


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