Smart Strategy: Burn out to Re-start

For all of you creative types or busy people, when you reach a point where you can’t go anymore, it’s not that that you’re lazy, you’ve hit a wall. When we go and go and go, whether with regular work, busy work or creative work, we can reach a point where we need a break. The mind and body reach a point of enough.

Creative people often don’t realize it, but they exert so much energy focusing on their craft – whether writing, painting, drawing, music etc. – that they forget to take a break. It can be fun when you’re on a roll and that inspiration is flowing and flowing and flowing. Believe me, been there, done that. Then I realize after a few days or weeks, that I need a break. I’ve poured so much energy into my writing that now I’m tapped out.

That’s when it’s ok to shut down, take some time off. That could mean really taking some time off or it could mean switching gears at work if you can’t take time off. Do something different to give yourself a break. Do a different task. Do something that allows you to go at a slower pace or allows you to turn your brain or creativity off for a while.

You’re Not Lazy!

The Divine gives us lots of creative juice, but even that needs to shut off after a while. While you’re taking your break or switching gears, don’t look at it as being lazy. We have a tendency to judge ourselves and label ourselves as lazy when we’re not in fast-lane mode. You’re not lazy, you’re just conserving energy! You’re ramping back up for the next time you get that creative burst or need to go full-on for a project at home or work.

How will you know when it’s time to get back to work? Sometimes it’s obvious – you have a deadline. Other times it’s not so obvious. It’s when you feel like it. What does that mean exactly?

It means check in with your body to see if it has the required energy. If not, you may need a few more days to recoup. Then check in with your intuition, not your mind. What does your intuition say about getting back at it? Your mind can steer you wrong with messages full of doubt or criticism. Things like, “I’d better get back to work now or I’ll be labeled a slacker!” or “Am I doing the right thing?” or “What if I never get motivated again?”

Nonsense.

You can de-bunk any of those arguments in about three seconds flat. You’ll know if you’re doing the right thing to return now or not if you ask your inner guidance, your intuition. Who cares if people think you’re a slacker when you know you’re not? You will get motivated again if for no other reason than “never” is a very long time!

Snopes No More!

See what I mean? Even the simplest of things can easily be de-bunked. Why use snopes when you have a much more powerful tool? Your intuition!

Your intuition will never steer you wrong. That’s one huge benefit. Another benefit is you can ask it anything. How do you know it will be right? Because your intuition is your link to the all-knowing, the Divine. It has the answers for everything! We don’t, but it does. Ask it. It’s like having Wikipedia in your head only you’re not asking it facts, you’re asking questions about anything.

You can call going, going, going burn out if you like. I prefer to say that all creatives need to give their inspiration a break after a while. That’s something that took me years to figure out. It also took me a while to accept that I don’t have to go and go and go, I can go back at it when I’m ready. And how do I know that I’m ready? I feel it. I bet you have too. And you didn’t know you were tapping into your intuition to get that answer, but you did! Yay for you!

Next time you need a break, don’t judge or criticize yourself, know that you’ll get back to it when the time is right. When you’re ready. You’ll know that from asking your intuition. It’s like your best friend that’s always there for you.

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