Creatives rarely have a 9-5 schedule for their work, so it can be hard sometimes to find balance. How do you work hard doing what you love, but avoid hitting the dreaded wall of burn out? How do you follow your creative passion, but also look after your well-being? How do you balance your family around a career that you love? Today we discuss some effective ways to identify and avoid burnout, and look at how to stay motivated as a designer.


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Meet Your Hosts

The Honest Designers Show started when our founder Tom found he was regularly chatting and sharing tips with top designers; Ian Barnard, Lisa Glanz and Dustin Lee. We soon organised a weekly call where we would help each other with areas we were struggling with and try to give each other actionable feedback. Soon we realised that the collective experience of the group was proving so valuable for each of us, that we thought ‘why not share these conversations with the world?’.

And so, The Honest Designers Show was born! This podcast is an insight into how to succeed in the creative industry, as well as giving you a totally transparent, under the hood look at some of the tougher, less glamorous hurdles to overcome! We also tend to get a little goofy along the way, so this is a chance to get to know each of us a little better :). We’ve loved recording this show for you, and we hope that you find value and enjoyment in listening to it.


In this episode we talk all about burn out, and how this can particularly effect people in the creative industries. As well as looking at some good ways to avoid burn out, we also get into our motivation to create.

[1.00] Why a lot of designers tend to get burnt out
[1.50] Lisa’s mental burn out
[2.35] Why other interests are crucial to preventing burn out
[3.20] Why designers can have the freedom to choose their downtime (but why this isn’t easy)
[4.00] Guilt about downtime
[5.00] We’re always connected to social media
[5.50] A good analogy for how our screens dictate our time/attention
[7.00] Social media can be a compulsion
[8.30] Why work ethic can be the catalyst to burn out
[9.00] A look into the 100 hour work weeks starting Design Cuts
[10.00] The 3 things which motivated me to work so hard
[11.40] The importance of finding a middle ground and balance
[12.20] The part family play in your work life
[13.15] Why we need to turn off our phones, and give our loved ones full attention
[14.20] Why it’s important to say ‘no’ to work
[15.30] Lisa working too much right now
[16.20] The importance of taking little steps
[17.00] Our addiction to checking metrics
[17.30] The feeling you have getting back from vacation
[18.25] Our best tips for relaxing and decompressing
[19.10] Ian’s top tips (exercise, family, cinema, and anti-technology)
[23.00] Tom’s tips to not be half-way with your downtime
[25.00] Lisa’s tips for relaxing (outside hobbies, mentally and physically avoiding work)
[27.00] On the other side of the coin – how do you find motivation?
[27.30] Lisa’s tips for finding motivation and inspiration (please excuse the background noise – South Africa can get windy!)
[28.00] Dustin’s tips for getting motivated (the power of building habits and accountability)
[31.00] How collaborations and masterminds can help you staying on track
[32.00] Ian’s current lack of motivation and drive (and how he will overcome it)
[33.45] Adjusting your work to fit your current mindset
[35.20] Finding focus
[36.00] Is your lack of motivation short term or long term?
[38.00] Why people don’t follow through on things
[38.50] Ian’s struggles with releasing his own course
[39.30] Why done is better than perfect
[40.50] Why collaborations can be key to getting stuff done
[42.00] How the ‘wrong’ work can demotivate us

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