All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
You know that feeling when you’ve been working a long time on something and you get burned out. You don’t have the energy to keep going, and you need a break. Some say that as long as you work normal hours, and not push yourself you’ll be fine.
Here’s the thing though. In the beginning, when you’re starting out, you need to work your ass off. I don’t condone workaholism but you need to burn the midnight oil and work long hours, in order to improve your skills and become good.
It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
Moreover, I don’t consider designing to be work that I can switch off when I go home. So in a sense I’m not a workaholic, I just design a lot. And you should feel the same, too. It’s fine if you have a boring 9 to 5 job, that pays the rent, and you can shut it off when you get home. But whatever you really want do with your life—your calling—shouldn’t feel like work.
Avoid the burn
But I feel you. I have experienced this burnout. To solve this issue without going AWOL, you just have to adjust your design process a bit. For example you can switch from designing desktop websites to designing mobile websites for a while. Keep doing that, until you get that itch to start again and you are fit to get back on the horse.
Another solution is to alternate between other creative fields; for me it’s photography and video. At the end of the day I’m still being productive and seizing the day. I’m still creating.
Creating is a state I’m constantly in. And you can’t burnout a state. You can’t say “I’m burned out from breathing too much”…