Field Notes

When Creativity Hits A Wall: How I Overcame Burnout On YouTube

Last year I got burnt out. I no longer enjoyed creating YouTube videos. This is how I overcame burnout and reignited my creativity.

When Creativity Hits A Wall: How I Overcame Burnout On YouTube

Have you ever felt burnt out from doing something you used to love? That's exactly what happened to me last year.

About halfway through the year, I realized I was done creating content for my YouTube channel, which I had been doing for a few years.

Don't get me wrong, my channel was growing, and each video performed better than the last. However, the problem was that I no longer enjoyed creating this content.

Instead, I focused solely on pleasing the algorithm and meeting certain metrics.

At the time, I was creating content around Davinci Resolve, sharing tips and tricks for editing, sound design and colour grading.

It was easy content to make. I'd turn on my camera, hit record, edit the video and release it. But that was the issue...

It was easy to make and involved no creativity.

Burnout sucks, but it's real and can hit you when you least expect it.

That's when I decided to take a short break (which turned into six months) to reassess my priorities and figure out what I truly wanted to do.

In January, I decided to start creating content again, but this time with a different approach.

Instead of trying to please the algorithm, I decided to focus on a topic I was genuinely interested in - adventure filmmaking & photography.

I also decided to release videos less frequently and put more effort into making each upload as creative and unique as possible.

Starting again was challenging, especially because I had to unlist years of hard work. But ultimately, it was the right decision for me.

Sometimes, you need to take a break and make significant changes to get back on the right path.

Burnout is a real issue that can affect anyone, regardless of their profession or hobbies.

It's important to recognize when you're feeling burnt out and take the necessary steps to recharge and reassess your priorities.

Whether it's taking a break, making changes, or trying something new, it's important to do what's best for you and your well-being.

Post by:

Izak Jackson Izak Jackson

Izak Jackson

1 min read

Join The Expedition

Support independent content creation, with benefits such as early access, monthly Q&A calls and credits in my videos and films.

Sign Up

Recent posts