Ohh yes I can see what you are saying here! Thank you for pointing this out Errols! It is much appreciated and I appreciate the paint over!
@playforwho89 thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. I definitely deal with burnout for sure. So my answer may not be of much help but I will explain how I do the work the best that I can.
So a few things, firstly I have ADHD. Which comes with several advantages and disadvantages. I try to lean into my advantages with this and mitigate the disadvantages. For example, when I'm super focused on something, like a long term goal I have really really high motivation and drive each day to get better. So that makes it much easier having that long term goal that I know I will hit. However, Its super hard for me to focus on one thing for any period of time. For example if I do a sheet of 10 2 minute gesture drawings, you can be sure it took me over an hour to do, maybe two. So my mind wanders a lot while I'm doing anything. So I think it takes me almost twice as long as someone else to do anything. But, I set myself up in a way that Im OK with letting my mind wander as long as it wanders to something art related. So maybe i end up watching a video about art in the middle of my gestures, or my practice, or maybe I read an art book, or an art tutorial. So I can't focus always on what I am doing short term but I am still doing something art related. This also keeps my burnout down because im constantly bouncing to different topics im interested in and Im not physically drawing all day.
So This helps me with burnout and while I may not be lazer focused on what I am doing I am still gaining skills that help me later when Im focusing on something else.
I also leverage my ADHD by using it to my advantage. ADHD works well under pressure situations and deadlines. When there is a ticking clock I perform my best. So I wouldnt recommend this to anyone else but I currently don't work and am living off of my savings. So I have a constant pressure to improve for financial reasons.
I am also older and have changed careers several times, so I think this helps me be a bit more flexible and helps me focus on how to learn as I have had to teach myself a lot over the years. I also don't have as much time as younger artist so I know I cant screw around to get where I want to be. I don't know if that is helpful or useful in anyway. As everyones situation is different. But, my main advice is think really hard and honestly about what your strengths and weakness are, leverage your strengths and mitigate the downside of your weaknesses.
I know I put out a lot of work each week, but it probably takes me 2x as long to complete compared to others I would think. So I do have to contend with burnout for sure. I think taking constant breaks while im doing things to watch art videos does help. Ultimately I have to listen to my body and mind. When I'm feeling the burnout I know I have to slow down, Istill do art things but I do more reading or videos instead of grinding. Listen to your body and if it says slow down do it.
Maybe thats helpful I don't know. If you are interested in my weekly schedule I can write something up if you would like. Let me know if anything doesnt make sense. Ok bye!