Overcoming Creative Burnout
Updated: Mar 2, 2019
Are you a working creative who is feeling depleted/robotic/uninspired? Yeah, we've been there.
Here's the (well, a) solution: Grab your camera/paintbrush/drone/guitar/notebook/etc. and go outside. The actual location is less important than the fact that it is simply outdoors and that it inspires you. It can be your neighborhood. It can be the local park. We like nature, sure, but we also like cities and suburbs. Don't get us started on urban decay. Don't even get us started on rust belt small towns.
Okay, you're outside? Now make something. Anything. That's it.
This is your time to experiement. Remember what that was like? Before you knew your job too well? No one is paying you for this. No one is counting on you. If it's shit, who cares? The goal is not so much to produce but to learn and—more importantly—to reconnect with the reasons you became a creator in the first place. For us, those reasons are wrapped up with naive curiousity and a desire to document the things we were curious about.
So every once in a while, we take a little walk in the park/city/jungle/'burbs and just play. For a few hours, we treat our cameras like toys, not tools of the trade. Sometimes we come out with really cool content. Other times it's entirely garbage. In any case, we always learn something new and exciting about our equipment, our aesthetic, our technique, oursleves, that we would never learn sitting at home reading manuals and watching YouTube tutorials.
For a few hours, we treat our cameras like toys, not tools of the trade.
Afterwards, we are always stoked to get back to work so we can take these lessons and apply them. We work smarter, faster, and more creatively. All from taking a leisurly walk.
Seriously, take two and call us in the morning.
Here's the results of one such recent walkabout:
This is the gear we played with:*