Do you feel like you are running on blogging fumes? If so, don’t worry. You are not alone! I have been there too, so I wanted to share with you five super effective ways to avoid blogger burnout that I use time and time again. Ready to get started? Here goes!
Now, when I started my blog less than a year ago, I connected with some other bloggers who were also just starting out. All of us were excited to embark on the blogging journey, each ready to become a full-time blogger. We all knew that blogging was going to be a lot of hard work with many hours spent staring at a computer screen, but I don’t think any of us really knew what we were getting into, or how hard it would be, simply because none of us had ever done it before.
So it has been interesting checking in with each other all these months later. Many of my friends have hit a slump and are feeling burnt out. And I totally understand all of those feelings! Sometimes I would much rather go out with my family or sit on the sofa watching MasterChef than reading about SEO. But I have five tricks that I use, and use often, and honestly, these are what has helped me to not only stay focused but to avoid the dreaded blogger burnout.
1.) Remember your why.
Why did you start blogging in the first place? Hopefully, you aren’t going to say “to make a ton of money” (although the money will eventually come). So what is your “why”? Maybe you started blogging to help others, or to have a creative outlet, or to share your personal struggles. I started blogging because I wanted to both help others and to stay home with my daughter. Remember your why and let that be your focus.
2.) Become clear on your goals.
Not just clear but crystal clear. One of the best things I ever read was The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. I know, I know. I just said that your why shouldn’t be about money, and it shouldn’t! But if you are crystal clear on your goals, then the money will follow. Set a goal for yourself and a date to reach that goal by. Then, recite your goal every chance you get or create a mantra. But, no matter, what always keep your goal in the forefront of your mind.
Additionally, make sure that your goal is clear and concise. Don’t just say, “I’d like to make money,” or “I’d like to be a big influencer.” Instead, have an exact income amount or a precise number of Instagram followers. One of my favorite bloggers, Rosemarie Groner, had a goal (with a number) that she wanted to reach by the end of her first blogging year. She just kept focused on that clear, concise goal, and guess what? It worked!
3.) Bring the joy back.
One of the greatest athletes of all-time (in my opinion) is Kacy Catanzaro. She was the first woman ever to finish the qualifying course of American Ninja Warrior. (I also feel like I need to add that she is only 5’0″ tall and 95 lbs; yay for us short women!)
After this amazing feat in 2014, many people began to think that Kacy’s achievement had been a total fluke or a miracle of God. Because, you see, she was never able to complete a qualifying course after that. In hindsight, Kacy said that she realized that she was putting enormous pressure on herself and had lost her sense of joy. So instead of just focusing on training for the 2017 competition, Kacy is now focused on finding the joy of the competition. And do you know what? It looks like it is working!
4.) Show up and on schedule.
When you start to feel burned out, it’s easy to let your work slip. Unfortunately, however, this is only going to end up creating more frustration and even more of a sense of burnout in the long run. Instead, make a blogging schedule and stick to it. For example, I blog for two hours every night. And I have both a consistent start time and end time.
5.) Stay focused.
Keep focused on your goals but also keep focused on your daily tasks. As Wallace Whattles says in The Science of Getting Rich, each daily task should be done to the best of your ability, doing “all that can be done each day, doing each separate thing in an efficient manner.” So make a list each day and stick to it.
Just make sure that your list isn’t overwhelming! There is no way you can do twenty things well in an hour. Instead, write clear, achievable tasks just as “write two pages of my ebook.” Or you can assign an amount of time to a specific task and then do as much as you can in that amount of time. For example, “schedule pins to Tailwind for ten minutes.” Sometimes, I even set a timer so that I can be faithful to each time slot. And no matter what, I am always using Focus@Will. Focus@Will is background music subscription service. Their music has been scientifically proven to help you stay focused on the task at hand. I personally love using the cinematic background music, and I have Focus@Will on both my laptop and iPhone so that I can stay focused wherever I am.
So there you have it! Five tricks that I use regularly to help avoid blogger burnout. And now I want to hear from you! What tips and tricks do you have?
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