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Creative Energy Waste is Definitely a Thing

Today is #energyefficiencyday and this got me thinking about how we as creatives waste our own energy every single day without realizing it.

Let me share some of the ways Iโ€™ve done this in the pastโ€ฆ

Overthinking my creative execution. ๐ŸŽจ

Comparing myself to others. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ

Panicking about deadlines. โณ

Focusing on perfection. ๐ŸŽฏ

Consuming too much media content. ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Wishing I was like someone else. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Obsessively making edits/changes. ๐Ÿ’ป

Feeling like an imposter. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Worrying about feedback. ๐Ÿ‘€

Assuming I didnโ€™t have a voice in the room. ๐Ÿ‘ป

Second-guessing the validity of my ideas.๐Ÿ’ฅ

Yep. I was mired in a whole host of unproductive thought-drama that served absolutely no purpose except to exhaust me. So fun! ๐Ÿ˜†

And what I failed to recognize when I was caught in the spiral of those thoughts is that they were using up all my energy, leaving very little for the thing I loved the most: THE CREATIVE WORK.

And this made me sad.

But once I started to actively redirect these toxic thoughts, I was able to change things significantly. I felt less drained. I felt less anxious. I had more time for creativity, problem solving, and executionโ€“โ€“which in turn was itโ€™s own significant energy source! โšก๏ธ

As evidence, Iโ€™ve included this photo from my days as an Art Director 10 years ago, when I made the decision to eliminate those crazy thought-spirals from my professional life. Not every day was filled with this kind of amazing energy, but many were pretty damn close. โค๏ธ

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