Jul 19, 2023

How can a designer deal with burnout at work?

How can a designer deal with burnout at work?

How can a designer deal with burnout at work?

Burnouts are very common among designs and creators. I want to share with you 10 personal tips on how to avoid burnout at work.

Hello everyone! πŸ‘‹ I want to touch on an important and painful topic that any practicing designer faces - burnout. This can happen if you are freelancing or working for a company. Personally, I've had burnout a few times. This is due to stress, a number of creative failures and simply fatigue, when it is already difficult to generate ideas and layouts. It is important to understand to realize this condition in the early stages and not drag it out for months. The deeper you get into it, the harder it will be to get out. At such moments, I tell myself β€œstop!” and just take a break from everything for a couple of days, switch to something completely different, not related to work. Think of it like a vacation, when your brain needs to reboot, ideally go somewhere else, or just change your daily location, for example, go to see a new cafe or area of ​​the city.


Here are some tips to help you avoid burnout:

  1. Take time for yourself: do what you really enjoy and helps you relax.

  2. Follow a healthy lifestyle: exercise, eat healthy and get enough sleep.

  3. Communicate with colleagues or friends: exchange opinions and experiences.

  4. Limit project work: Set boundaries and try not to overburden yourself.

  5. Learn new technologies and ways of working: this will help you stay motivated and interested in your work.

  6. Find new sources of inspiration: it can be reading books, visiting exhibitions.

  7. Diversify your work: Try working on different types of projects or in a different area of design. For example, I can work on branding and on the site.

  8. Remember your achievements: write down your progress and remember them when you feel tired.

  9. Work with a mentor: they can help you figure out what you're doing wrong and help you overcome creative block.

  10. Find a balance between work and life: make time for family, friends and hobbies.


It's important to remember that dealing with burnout is a long process and it's important to find individual strategies that work for you and don't procrastinate😎

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