Blogging is a fantastic way of expressing ideas, whether it is something you are doing to make money or simply something you are doing for your own purposes. Even if you find blogging easy, you can get worn down from the creative thinking needed. Often, you can get so engrossed in what you are doing that you don’t even notice it getting more difficult.
If you are burnt out as a blogger, it isn’t the end of the world. It is simply an indication that you need a break.
Certainly, it is something worth considering. If you continue to push yourself when you are already burnt out, then the quality of your work will go down, and you may find yourself unable to write at all.
Here are three key signs that you are burnt out, or rapidly heading in that direction.
1. Your writing takes longer
When you write on a regular basis, your writing takes on a certain rhythm. This means that you know roughly how long it is going to take you to write a blog post. It’s difficult to have a precise measure, as some topics are more difficult and will take longer, but you probably have a general idea. For me, it takes at the most an hour to compete a blog post, including the writing and all other aspects. If it takes me two hours, I know something is wrong.
2. You glaze over
When I am getting run down or even just really tired, I find myself staring at the screen, not really focusing on anything. Most of us do that now or then when trying to think of ideas, but generally if you are searching for inspiration, you don’t stare into the distance for very long.
If you find yourself doing more staring than you do writing, then odds are that you are getting burnt out. Even if you find yourself glazing over a little, it may be an indication to take a break now, before you really wear yourself down.
3. You make excuses
Okay I’ll admit that I often make excuses to push a particular piece of writing off for a few hours or a few days and normally it is something I regret. I have found that the more burnt out I get, the more excuses I make about my work and the less motivation I have . A key sign is I start to try and get out of commitments that I have made, which is not a good image for an online business. You’re much better off taking a break from work entirely for a few days or even weeks and recover.
What if you can’t take time off?
Getting burnt out is a frustrating situation, particularly if you rely on your writing as a source of income. For some people taking time off is almost impossible without causing serious problems for themselves. However, not taking a break is just ask risky, because you lost your ability to work effectively and to concentrate on what you set out to do.
My approach is to try and find little ways to reduce my workload. I might only take on work that I need, or I might focus only on work that I consider to be easy. Other approaches are finding ways to relax outside of work, such as making the time to watch a movie, eat chocolate or have a bath.
While taking a break isn’t easy, it needs to be a high priority if you are showing signs of being burnt out. Think of it as an investment. If you don’t take the time to take care of yourself both physically and mentally then your business will get more and more difficult