Creatives risk burning out unless they make inspiration a priority. It’s easy to immerse yourself in your work. It’s easy to shut out the world and create for hours. It’s easy until you run out of inspiration. Then you find yourself trudging through the project. You might finish it but you’re emotionally exhausted. We need to make inspiration a priority.
I blog one night out of the week. The rest is saved for my wife and for connecting with people. I hop on Skype or Twitter and just talk to whoever I find. I lay on the couch with my wife and joke around. These are the things that inspire me. I make these a priority. Then when I sit down to blog, I have a reservoir of inspiration I can draw from.
What inspires you? Creative people? Nature? Hipster culture?
Put yourself in those environments. Make it a priority. Spend at least as much time getting inspired as you do creating. It will give you longevity and help you maintain your creative passion. Connect with creative people once or twice a week. Go on a nature hike in the mornings. Chat up the regulars at your local hipster coffee shop. Make inspiration a priority.