Burnout, slob, slack or daydreamer: What we can learn from the ‘not-working’ types

Not-working can create discomfort for many of us who are used to perpetual doing. Learning about the four inertial archetypes may teach us about our own relationship to drifting, boredom and embracing a pause, enforced or otherwise.

Many individuals and much of the creative industry has experienced a collective, enforced pause due to the pandemic. 

‘What has happened with the burnout is that they’ve been forced to submit to the law of gravity. They’ve tried to defy it, they’ve tried to turn themselves into perpetual motion machines whom gravity will never touch and then suddenly they find themselves collapsing and succumbing the force of gravity.’ 

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator