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Tips for Avoiding Creative Burnout

AvoidBurnoutFeel like there’s a wall standing between you and the next great idea? Well, we’ve got some tips to help you climb it! This list was created with dance and drama teachers in mind, but many points could apply to anyone working on a creative project.

  • Dig into metaphors instead of literal interpretations.
  • Carry a notebook.
  • Type your theme in the itunes search bar.
  • Take intentional time for silence and solitude. Go for a walk.
  • Read scripture in context.
  • Physically get up and give yourself a change of scenery. Sometimes even changing rooms can help spark a new idea.
  • Take a class, try something new.
  • Listen to other opinions, read reviews and find out why the good stuff is good.
  • Keep up to date on what’s new and ground breaking in your field. Listen to the radio, watch viral videos, go see a live performance…
  • Do things that inspire you.
  • Pray, and listen to the Father.
  • Ask for help or partner up on a project.
  • Listen to qualified advice. Ask for advice.
  • Google. Nuf said.
  • Don’t be afraid to start over or throw out ideas that aren’t working.
  • Set it a side, and do something else!
  • Invite your students to participate in the creative process.
  • Bring your ideas to the dinner table and see what your family thinks.
  • Record yourself improvising.
  • Record someone else improvising (with their permission, of course).
  • Ask for event themes before they come out to the general public.
  • Use what speaks to you.
  • Establish a clear work/family balance.
  • Work out! Those endorphins will do you wonders.
  • Continually listen to the Spirit’s leading. That feeling of excitement in the pit of your stomach when you get a great idea is more than just you.
  • Video record your presentations to re-use if needed.
  • Set aside time to rest and not think about your craft at all.
  • Read books and watch documentaries about the greats in your field. How did they do it?
  • Send your Divisional Creative Arts Director an email. They may have a pile of great material just waiting to be used.
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