Boredom has always been a problem for me. I can only solve the same design problem so many times before my mind starts refusing to cooperate. Instead, I’ll start thinking about most anything except the repetitive problem in front of me.
I’ve always liked publication and editorial design, but after designing the third or fourth issue of, for example, the same magazine, I begin the slow process of zoning out until I can’t take it any longer and start looking for a new job, where much the same process begins to repeat itself.
The best jobs for me have been ones where unexpected challenges come up each day that keep things interesting. Short of that, I’ll start inventing problems just to break up the routine.
Another trigger that sets off the boredom is when a client insists on changing something that makes the end product worse that it could have been. At that point my initial enthusiasm turns to detachment, where I sometimes really struggle to keep going through the motions. I’ve learned to do it, but it’s difficult.