In any job, it’s easy to become burnt out over time. This is especially true when you are self-employed or an artist relying on gigs and listeners to get traction. If you feel yourself losing motivation and slipping into burnout, here are five signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Remember that taking a break for a few weeks or months doesn’t need to mean taking a break forever!
You’re Always Tired
Whenever someone who is self-motivated and dedicated is working towards a goal, they put their all into it. This makes it hard to tell whether you are simply tired from working so much or past the point of exhaustion. If you end the day tired but proud of all that you got done and ready for the next day, you’re probably fine. However, if you wake up in the morning ready to go back to bed, you are probably burnt out.
You Dread Your To-Do List
Do you wake up with a knot in your stomach every morning, dreading the things that need to be accomplished? That’s a sure sign of burn out. As a young artist or an old artist, working and hustling non-stop for too long will take a toll on your mind and body. Take a day or two to recharge yourself and you’ll be back to laying down beats in no time.
You Talk Differently
This sounds a little silly, but how do you describe what you are working on? If the conversation changes from one that is excited and optimistic to one that is terse and short, it’s a sign that you aren’t as excited as you used to be about what you are doing.
You Are Mad and Resentful
This sign of burnout is particularly toxic for music artists. If you find yourself angry at your project and resentful of anyone with more success than you, you are thinking with a tired mind and not a logical mind. When you find yourself using anger as your fuel and not your hunger for success, it’s time to switch gears and take a break.
You Aren’t Making Progress
The biggest sign of burnout is this—a lack of forward progress. If you are putting in endless hours to your project and nothing is progressing, you should take a weekend off as quickly as possible. Coming back with fresh eyes and a new hunger will help get your project moving again.
Featured Artist: Wizzy Wiz
Wizzy Wiz or Westside Wizz is a songwriter, musician, and the CEO of En La Calle Records, Inc. Wizzy Wiz has been creating music since high school, but began to take things seriously after returning home from deployment in Afghanistan in 2012. After seeing the potential in some members of her friends and family, she founded what is now known as En La Calle.
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