How do makers sustain themselves while building their product? (Am I doing this wrong?)

Hey guys 👋 So a little bit of context, I've been out of the work force for almost a year now. Suffered intense burnout from my last 2 jobs (I was a videographer) and since then, I haven't been able to cope. I tried picking up other skills, learned as much as I could about digital marketing, sales, product development and I even picked up development to try to find some way to make a living. Sadly, I still haven't been able to do that. My partner's been pulling a lot of the weight on her own, I'm trying to build a small PWA that's essentially a present for her, but I feel terrible cos after paying off the last of the bills - she found that she couldn't afford to get the dress she wanted for an upcoming festival. I'm not sure what to do. I'm grasping at straws trying to figure out what to do, cos most of my work experiences center around an industry I can't bring myself to work in again. How do you guys do it?


Dimitris Karavias
If you're burned out then your brain is physically overworked & exhausted. Like if you're lifting weights all day every day and eventually damage a muscle. I've done that to myself a couple times and the only cure was rest. A bit of mindless entertainment, a lot of sleep, good quality food. There is no shortcut. Take 1-2 weeks off with no guilt- it's the cure you need. You need to recover so you can perform, for you and for her. Trying to learn new skills is intense on the brain so it makes things worse. You need to be a vegetable for a bit before being productive again! PS Have we met at Weekend Club?