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    • If what you’re doing isn’t working for you creatively, do the opposite. It’s so easy to get caught up and stuck in a rut. Break free from the cycle and ditch the structure for a while.

      Couldn't agree more!

      After a long stretch of working nonstop on Cake, I was feeling pretty burned out recently. For me, programming is a very creative endeavor and when I'm burnt out, it's like trying to squeeze water out of a dry sponge.

      The best way I've found to recover from burnout is to just do something completely different that requires my full attention, for as long as possible. For me that's usually travel. So I took a two week road trip, visited family, cleared my head, and came back feeling recharged. 🙂

    • Really enjoyed reading your post on your road trip. I get a little envious of the epic road trips you can take in America - so much land! (And very envious of the Tesla!)

      Programming is something I really wish I had the patience to learn, so I can only imagine how straining it can be at times. Sounds like the road trip was a great recharge though :-).

    • for me with writing and performing music, I’ve learned to go with the flow so to speak. If I’m not feeling ceative and ideas aren’t readily flowing don’t push it. Wait until they do. For me anything can spark a creativity binge that can last from 10 minutes to 10 months..or more.

      I know. Not very organized or scientific. And not an approach that could be usedd if I were trying to put dinner on the table as a result. However, if I push or “try” to be creative and it’s not flowing I end up with something I’m eventually unhappy with.

    • When I feel burnt out creatively the best thing is to completely unplug from a task at hand. Usually a task at hand involves staring at the monitor and designing, researching, looking for inspiration and sometimes overly obsessing over stats and graphs. The best solution I've found is to get up and walk away from the computer.

      For a long time I used to live in apartments in cities big and small, where the only way to reconnect with the nature was to go to a park. These days I'm lucky enough to live in a house with a back yard and plants. So I go to the back yard to water the plants. I'm sure if they could talk they would tell me how much they love watering and looking after them, but I get a hint of that whenever a new flower starts blooming. It puts a smile on my face and reminds of beauty of nature and small wins. I then go back to a computer and take another crack at the creative puzzle 😉

    • I think nature is the trick, for sure.

      For what it's worth, I had a teacher at school who spoke to his plants and swore that it made them 'happy'. They always looked wonderful, so maybe he was on to something... 🌼

    • Really enjoy this conversaiton and reading everyone's responses. I'd like to echo everyone's thoughts with regards to "taking a break" or "doing something else." It seems similar to physical activity in certain ways. If you work out too hard or too long, you have to build in recovery time or you could get burnt out or injured. For me, creativity feels like a finite resource in the same way, and when exhausted, it needs time to regroup.

      I sometimes use video games, binge watch a show, or listen to music when I'm feeling out of creative juice. Eventually, I start to feel the creative fuel tank refill.

      Sometimes though, and this might seem counter to what was said already, I think it's ok to just push through or force yourself to work on something even when you don't want to. I find that creative roadblocks can sometimes be pushed aside if I just force myself to work through them. I might spin my wheels for a little bit, but usually once I get going, it starts to come back.

      I suppose to keep the working out analogy going, sometimes you just really don't want to go on that 6am run, but once you're out there, you start to feel better. And when you're done, you're really glad you went.