I’ve talked a little bit about blog burnout in the past, but it’s something that I don’t think gets addressed nearly enough in the blogging community. Burnout happens to all of us at one time or another – I think it’s something that’s pretty much unavoidable when you’re working on the same thing almost daily. As bloggers and creatives, we all work a bit differently through it, so I thought I’d take today to share how I personally combat moments of overwhelm and what works best for me.
Refresh and Recharge
For me, sometimes the best thing I can do is to give myself a day off to recharge my batteries a bit. This means no writing posts or thinking about work at all – instead, I give myself the freedom to jump on social media just for the fun of it or spend the day doing something that’s just for me. Taking a small break really helps refresh my energy and I’m usually super excited to get back to work.
Seek Out New Inspiration
A season of burnout is usually caused by my inspiration and creative vision becoming stale. When I sense this beginning to happen, I like to challenge myself to find something new to be inspired by. Magazines, photography, documentaries, movies, and art are all things that I turn to for a new spark of creativity. Oh, and I can’t forget Pinterest.
Celebrate Past Achievements
Whenever I start feeling burnt out or begin self-doubting, I look back over all of the goals I’ve achieved and remind myself of what I have to be thankful for. Blogging is so fast paced, so I find that doing this from time to time is extremely powerful because it’s easy to forget little things that happen along the way that you’re super proud of. Even revisiting an old post that I was extremely proud of writing or photographing can turn my whole mood around and get me excited to create even more content.
Plan It Out
Over the past couple years, I’ve discovered how much a planner I really am. Sticking to an editorial calendar has been absolutely crucial to my productivity, and it’s also come in extremely handy for times when I feel like I’m running on empty. Sitting down and planning out future posts makes me so excited about actually creating said posts, and it’s usually the quickest way for me to get rid of any blogging blues.
What works best for you when combatting blog burnout?