Despite your love for your graphic or web design profession, there always come a time when no idea and nothing seems to work and so you go through the emotions that ultimately cause your passion for design to wane. It’s called burnout. When you seem to operate on an auto-pilot and you feel that you have lost the excitement that goes with every project that you do, you simply fall into a routine of forcing yourself to work just to get through the day. If you are already experiencing these clear symptoms of burnout, fret not. You can still find your way back to being a passionate designer.
Reach Out To Your Peers
It’s always helpful to gain insights from your colleagues, either for a design project or for your personal turmoil. They know exactly what you are going through and so they can better relate to whatever it is that is bugging you. They are often the best to seek advice on how to handle your issues. Talk to them whenever you need to break out from the funk. Soon enough, you will find your way to gaining back the excitement you once had for your work.
Stuck up with a project that you seem to not get? Running out of ideas? Then a web conference could help you redirect your creative juices by meeting and interacting with other web design professionals. Listening from the industry’s brightest minds is helpful in getting your creating energies flowing. Take advantage of any opportunity where you can learn, share and network.
When was your last vacation? Perhaps you feel burnout because you have been working non-stop. Give yourself a break—take a week off to go on a sabbatical. During your break, you can travel, take photographs, learn to surf—take the time to do things other than work. Take as much time as you can to get your groove back on.
Teach Or Mentor
Perhaps sharing your knowledge and experience could help you get back your confidence. The pressure of project deadlines, client issues and other day-to-day problems can easily drain your passion and enthusiasm. In a crowd full of young individuals who are dreaming of becoming someone like you, you may pick up their energy and seep it back into your work. If you cannot find a teaching opportunity, then mentoring new web professionals is as good. They will benefit from your expertise and you benefit from their infectious enthusiasm and passion for the craft.
Do A Passion Project
It’s almost impossible to choose the projects to accept when working as a professional web designer. Projects are assigned to you and you have no choice but to deliver it. Day in and day out, your work hours will be exhausted in completing your assigned project. While you’re at it, try taking a passion project—a project that you can do out of your office hours. Try doing a project that has a personal impact to you, something that could give you an outlet for your creativity, or something that you would love to do for free. It could be editing and creating graphics for your stock photos or sketching a profile using charcoal or pen. Such project will help keep your passion alive especially when things get pretty monotonous at work.
Do Charity Work
How about offering your services for free to organizations or projects that help make a real, positive difference in people’s lives? Affect positive change in your community by putting your skills to good use in the service of under-funded non-profit organizations.
Take On A New Challenge
If things at work don’t seem to work, then maybe it’s time to do a big change and embark on a new challenge. It could be joining a new company or advancing your professional knowledge and skills, whichever provides you the opportunity to grow and challenge yourself.
Being in this type of career is no easy feat. You will experience your ideologies clashing with your client’s. At times, you will feel undervalued and unappreciated. At times, you may run out of cool ideas and you may feel insecure about your job. What gets us through all these will be our passion for our craft—it’s that important. Without passion, whatever will keep us honing out craft. Liking our job will keep us going to our offices day by day. Passion is what allows us to go beyond the call of our duty to develop ourselves for as long as we can. When there is passion, we won’t mind spending nights and weekends on a project–it’s that important. So here’s to keeping your passion for design burning hot.