Blogging can seriously burn you out.
No matter what it is in life that you do, if you do something long enough and without much of a break, you can feel drained of all your creative energy and be left feeling totally uninspired and unmotivated.
Blogging is no different.
How To Avoid Blogger Burnout
If you’ve ever felt this or you’re feeling it right now, I feel your pain because I know how not fun being in such a headspace is.
In today’s post, I’ll tell you 8 tips on how to avoid blogger burnout and get yourself out of it if you’re stuck in a rut.
1. Slow Down
As a content creator, you’re probably frequently writing posts, creating videos, and producing other content such as marketing graphics. If you’re used to posting daily or multiple times a week, this can really burn you out if you’re doing the same thing over and over again.
But you might be thinking: the more content, the better!
If you’re used to rushing to the finish line and you just keep pumping out content, this will leave you exhausted and drained. Not only that, but the quality of your content will probably also reflect in your work.
Think of when your favorite Youtuber or blogger starts pumping out meaningless content just for the sake of getting content up.
You, as their audience, start feeling bored or not wanting to read or watch them anymore because you can sense when their content starts to go downhill because they’re just burnt out or don’t have a passion on the subject anymore.
So keep that in mind. Your audience can seriously sense it when the creators they love to read or watch produce half-assed content!
This is why it’s so important to slow down, pace yourself, and not go full speed ahead.
In summary, you want quality over quantity.
2. Create A Content Schedule
Next, work on getting a feasible content schedule set up that you will be motivated to follow.
A content schedule or calendar helps you stay organized by outlining exactly how often you should be posting, how far apart these posts are spaced out, and which tasks you need to complete on a certain day.
Brainstorm every topic and post you want to touch on over the next month so you have a clear path of where you’re going.
When you know exactly what you have to do and on which days, this can seriously help you stay on top of things and you won’t feel so lost, confused, uninspired, burnout or overwhelmed.
3. Batch Your Work
Another way to prevent burnout is to batch your work.
Instead of having the same daily schedule every day over and over again, try to batch your work so that you have space and room to breath in between certain tasks every few days or weeks.
Not only will this help you not be as burnt out, but you’ll be more efficient and extremely productive. This is because spending your time zoning in and concentrating on just one thing can work wonders and skyrocket your productivity levels.
So for example, if you post a video or blog post every 2 days, don’t actually create or write a post every single day to get that content up on time.
Instead, batch your work by spending a few days creating all of your content for a certain period of time (let’s say for a few weeks or a month) in one go.
Then, once you have all of that content done, you don’t need to use that creativity and brain juice anymore for however long you created that content for.
This is a great way to help your mind take a break because you can now go on to do other tasks (such as creating pins or working on SEO) for a period of time and switch things up.
You’ll also be on top of things and not have to worry that you won’t have a post up if you actually can’t work a few days out of the week! It’s a serious win-win situation.
4. Find Inspiration
If you’re already burnt out, try to find inspiration externally.
Here are a few things you can try:
- Follow your favorite bloggers or Youtubers on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- Listen to podcasts
- Listen to audiobooks (try Audible today and get 2 free audiobooks with my link)
- Create a vision board exhibiting where you want to be in the near future
- Change up your work environment (ex. going out to work at a cafe) and see how such a change inspires you
5. Prioritize Self-Care
Taking time off and giving yourself a break is so important if you want to stay healthy and not feel burnt out mentally and physically.
Taking care of your physical health is the first step to making sure you are in the best state of mind to do your best work.
Without the right nutrition, sleep, hydration levels, and exercise, you’re no doubt going to burn yourself out and feel real crappy every day.
Spend time working on your health by making sure you work out so you can get your endorphin levels up. A happy and energized body will go much further than one that is tired.
If you feel like you always need to be working because you have a “go go go” mentality, you absolutely need to take time out of your day to prioritize your health. Whether it’s going to the gym or just taking a walk outside for some fresh air, all of this is great for you.
You also should have a good schedule where you are getting the right nutrition. That means taking time out of your schedule to make healthy, whole foods, and having a set lunch where you aren’t working at your computer while eating. Hydration is also key!
Lastly, sleeping well and enough is so important so get your 8 hours of sleep every night.
Next, you need to make sure you’re prioritizing your mental health.
Take time off occasionally to have a few hours dedicated just to yourself.
Whether you like journaling about your day, yoga, meditating, or spending some quality time with a book while taking a nice warm bath, find something that makes you happy and puts you in a great mood.
You want to do something that will make you forget about work so that you have time to recharge. This will help you feel more refreshed, energized, and ready to work.
6. Unplug From Social Media
As content creators, it can be very hard to step away from social media because your line of work basically is social media or at least it largely revolves around it.
Sometimes though, you just need to unplug from social media to give yourself a break and take care of your mental well being.
Whether that means, turning off your phone for one day of the week, find a time where you can get away from constantly picking up your phone to check your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter notifications.
They can wait for when you get back!
7. Outsource Work
If you really dislike doing a task or you find that it constantly burns you out, it might be time to start thinking if you can outsource the work out.
You will have to pay and trust your virtual assistant to get the work done externally but it can really help you free up your schedule so you can work on other things.
This load that is taken off your hands can really help you stay motivated, put you in a happier mood, and help you feel less burnt out.
8. Just Start Doing
Have you ever had to do something you didn’t want to do, only to find that when you ended up forcing yourself to do it, you ended up actually feeling super motivated?
It’s a really odd idea because it seems more logical that you’d require motivation first before doing something, but this seems to work!
Sometimes you just have to start doing something in order to feel inspired and get yourself going. Try it and see if that helps.
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