Dealing with burnout is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Most designers love their job (if not the job but the actual work itself), so burnout almost seems inevitable because we want to keep doing what we love. When you feel “burnt out”, this is good advice:
You have to stay away until your energy starts to replenish itself. Until you can feel the coals begin to burn deep inside you. Until it pulls you back with the force of our sun’s gravity, recharging you with superhuman strength and energy.
In fact, the best way to deal with burnout, is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Recently, I’ve made sure I don’t work beyond a certain number of hours. In my case, that’s the hours I’m employed to work. If I work more than that, the quality of my work suffers. Keeping a healthy balance is the key.
I’ve tweeted a couple of interesting articles about this if you want to read more:
Relax! You’ll Be More Productive cl.ly/O0BW More companies *and* workers need to take this onboard.
— Tom Kenny (@tkenny) April 3, 2013
Stop working (so hard) cl.ly/O2yK
— Tom Kenny (@tkenny) April 4, 2013