I took a break… the longest break I’ve taken since June/19, and I must say, it will do you wonders if you take one.
3 THOUGHTS FROM ME
1. Creativity, Productivity, and Motivation come from relaxing, not recovering from burnout. Sometimes you feel like you can keep on going, but you know that you are on the verge of burning out. And if you do burn out, taking a break would heal the burnout, but not necessarily relax you. Therefore, take breaks, and not ‘recovering periods’.
2. The best breaks are the ones that completely change your routine. Traveling is a good option to shake things up, for example. Since creativity requires new inputs to flourish, traveling will bring new environments (inputs) for you to recover/boost your creativity with. If you can’t travel, explore a new neighborhood in your town.
3. Breaks, regardless if they are small intervals between sessions or long periods, are important to resetting yourself from an overwhelmed mind or ear. If a break makes you come back better than before, it’s productive time, not wasted time. For example, taking 15min breaks every 1h30 of work can be productive time if it makes you finish faster by avoiding overdoing your mixes.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
When was your last real music break? With that I mean, the last time you shut down your thoughts about arrangement, networking, and music business to just focus on relaxing, not recovering? Here are some ideas for that:
1. listening to a full album in a genre you don’t normally listen to nonstop focusing solely on the experience, not the technicalities of the music (Björk’s ‘Greatest Hits’ or Jon Hopkins ‘Singularity’ are awesome albums for that)
2. traveling to the woods/mountains/beach. As humans, if we don’t see horizons we go crazy.
3. take a walk with no headphones, just walking and listening to the world.