Does writing make you energized or exhausted?
You can probably guess from the title I am not going to be one or the other. Most people will be more of one than the other. In my current writing state I’m blessed to be energized by my writing, although that hasn’t always been the case. It has taken a lot of work and a long time to find the balance to allow my creative side to work with my everyday life without causing issues.
Now, what are the causes of these changes? How can you be energized by writing but also exhausted by it?
If I am doing creative writing, like working on my WIPs or creating blog posts to share with my lovely internet dwellers, I gain energy from this task. It allows my mind to work freely with little guidelines or restrains.
If I am working on a project for work, or editing my WIPs that is another story. I don’t get to be as creative, putting extra stress on the work, which results in being a more draining writing experience.
Do I still enjoy writing for work and editing?
Yes, and no.
Yes, ’cause I get to write, which I love doing. No, ’cause this drains my ability to work on my creative projects once I have the time to do so. This kind of writing though is what I do regularly, so it can be taxing on trying to boost myself to work on my own projects after work.
So, what do you do to prevent burnout?
Simply put, find a work-life-balance that works for me.
During the week I spend my time focused on my work writing and editing, and on the weekends I let me inner creative free. This prevents burnout and lowers the expectations of having to get my creative projects done during the week. This also results in a lot of long nights on the weekends, but I’m fine with that.
Majority of the time I don’t suffer creative burn out as often as I used to. I used to suffer almost weekly with the inability to write or come up with creative ideas due to the nature of my previous job requiring me to use my creativity at work. Changing jobs to a more logic/numbers based position allowed my creative side to relax during the day, and creative burnout hasn’t been that much of an issue as of late.
What would you suggest to those suffering burnout?
Writing, publishing, and creating needs a balance. You don’t want to over do it or you burnout. You don’t want to stop working or you won’t have the motivation to take those steps to work on your own projects later. Establishing a schedule is helpful. Also having friends or a supportive partner there to keep you in check is also great. Take short breaks, like watching a show or reading a blog post, can also be helpful.
It won’t be easy at first, but with anything you have to work at it. This method won’t work for everyone but hopefully this helps some of you. Now, I’m going to go take a break and watch some Stranger Things. Toodles!