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When you first begin the awesome journey as a full-time creative, it’s super exciting – the world is in front of you, and the sky is the limit! It’s such an honor and privilege to be able to do what you love as your job. 

But one side effect that we don’t always realize is that we can get burnt out. What once was fun and exciting starts becoming just another chore, and sometimes we start to lose that spark that got us here in the first place. 

What are some ways that you can get that excitement back about the work that we do? 

1. Think back to why you started in the first place. What initially got you excited to pursue this creative endeavor? What movie inspired you to become a filmmaker – to tell stories? Watching your original inspiration can sometimes bring back all the feels 🙂

2. Watch your old work and see how far you’ve come. It’s easy to only see how far you have to go – but take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come. Reminisce on the adventures/opportunities you’ve had!

3. Learn something new – read a book, watch tutorials, etc. Taking time to Learn makes it exciting again! What’s something that will improve your workflow? What would be a great addition to your skillset? Grow yourself, in all areas, not just work.

4. Share what you have learned. Sometimes taking time to think through and share what you’ve learned is a great way to get inspired all over again!

5. Go outside and observe the world around you. Zone in on the little details you often overlook. Listen to conversations. Watch people interact. Watch how the sun shapes the natural light. See textures, sights, and sounds. Maybe capture it on your phone or camera! Let that inspire new ideas.

6. Create something strictly for fun. Keep it manageable so that it doesn’t become another stressor, but sometimes doing a small creative project can rejuvenate your creative juices.

7. Connect with fellow creatives. Network and meet new people! Chat about life, work, and even stuff outside of all of that. Everyone goes through seasons of self-doubt and struggle – so let other’s stories inspire you to keep going!

8. Take a break from social media. Take time to think and let your mind wander. Give yourself time to just process life. Invest in your family. Be present with those around you.

9. Serve or encourage someone. Let them know you appreciate and value them! Life as a solopreneur can be thankless and lonely at times. Sometimes there’s seasons where we aren’t getting much paid work, and that can be depressing. Let’s encourage each other to keep going.

10. Set goals and have a clear path to get there. Sometimes when all we do is see a massive amount of things to get done, it can be overwhelming! Break it down into clear action steps. What’s the next thing that you know how to do? Start there. Set rewards!

What are some ways that you get reinspired? How have you dealt with creative burnout? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett is a cofounder of Bartlett Idea Co., an independent creative agency. Andrew works on films and produces marketing materials for businesses and organizations across the nation. He loves storytelling with excellence and has garnered multiple awards. Andrew loves coaching aspiring filmmakers on how to hone their craft in a hands-on way.

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