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5 Toxic Work Habits To Ditch for a Thriving Career
How to shed those toxic work habits in the art world to avoid burn out!
Career 01 Apr 2024

Working in the art world is often seen as glamorous and exciting, filled with creativity and passion. However, behind the scenes, many of us grapple with toxic work habits that can lead to burnout if left unchecked. As someone deeply entrenched in this vibrant yet demanding industry, I’ve had to confront and overcome several harmful practices to safeguard my well-being and productivity. Here are five toxic work habits I bid farewell to in my journey to maintain balance and thrive in the art realm:

Checking Emails Before the Sun Rises

Ah, the dreaded inbox vortex. It’s tempting to dive into emails at the crack of dawn, thinking we’re being proactive. But in reality, it sets a chaotic tone for the day. I’ve learned to resist the urge to peek into my inbox until I’m settled into my workspace, allowing myself a serene morning routine before tackling the digital deluge.

Lunch Breaks? What Are Those?

Guilty as charged, I used to view lunch breaks as an unnecessary interruption to my workflow. Little did I know, skipping meals only leads to decreased productivity and increased stress. Now, I savor my midday reprieve, stepping away from the canvas or computer screen to nourish both body and mind. It’s amazing what a revitalizing lunch can do for creativity!

The Guilt Trip of Taking Time Off

Picture this: a sunny day beckons from beyond the studio walls, yet guilt gnaws at your conscience for even considering a day off. Sound familiar? I’ve banished this toxic guilt and embraced the importance of rest and rejuvenation. Whether it’s a mental health day or a spontaneous adventure, taking time off isn’t selfish—it’s essential for long-term success.

Art Events vs. Personal Events

As art aficionados, we’re often drawn to the allure of gallery openings, exhibitions, and networking soirées. While these events are undoubtedly valuable, prioritizing them over personal commitments can lead to imbalance and resentment. By striking a harmonious blend between professional and personal engagements, I’ve cultivated a more fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.

The Perfectionist Paralysis

Ah, the curse of overthinking—one of the artist’s greatest adversaries. Every stroke of the brush, every word uttered feels scrutinized under the unforgiving lens of perfectionism. But here’s the truth: imperfection is the heartbeat of creativity. Embracing spontaneity and learning to trust my instincts has liberated me from the suffocating grip of overthinking, allowing my creativity to flow freely and authentically.

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