What is blogger burnout? Blogger burnout is a state of exhaustion, frustration, and/or diminished interest with blogging when actions fail to produce the expected results. At its core, blogger burnout is a sense of disillusionment.
Basically, you’re fried!
The struggle is real! Both new and seasoned bloggers experience burnout.
It’s interesting that blogger burnout is more associated with internal pressure than external.
It’s not the hard work required to build a successful blog that causes burnout. It’s the disillusionment we feel when we fail to meet our own expectations.
In this post, you’ll learn how to avoid and recover from burnout. After all, you can’t reach your blogging dreams and goals if you have a break down on your road to success.
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What Blogging Expectations Have You Failed to Meet?
Have you written a blog post that fell flat?
Are you frustrated with your Google ranking?
Is Pinterest failing to perform as you thought?
Have you ever taken a blogging course and applied the lessons yet failed to achieve the expected results?
Are you struggling to grow your email list?
Maybe you’re struggling with the technical side of blogging?
You see other bloggers making money. Big Money! But your earnings are abysmal?
Too many blogging failures and struggles can throw us into blogger burnout.
17 Blogger Burnout Warning Signs
Recognizing the Signs of Blogger Burnout
It’s imperative that we recognize the signs of blogger burnout. As bloggers, we work hard at our craft and need to stay on our game to reach our goals.
If you recognize the warning signs of blogger burnout early, you can take corrective steps before you’re totally fried.
Common warning signs of blogger burnout include:
- You feel like a slave to your blog.
- You’ve lost interest in your blog or blogging in general.
- You feel like you aren’t succeeding as you should.
- You’re frustrated and want to quit blogging.
- You feel like you can’t say anything worthwhile as a blogger.
- You’ve run out of blog ideas.
- You feel unmotivated to write even if you have blog ideas.
- You have writer’s block or the quality of your writing suffers.
- Your blog is draining your energy.
- You get angry or feel resentful when you blog or even think about blogging.
- You feel isolated especially from family and friends.
- You become impatient, quick-tempered, cold, or quiet toward family, friends, or others.
- You can’t keep up with your blog and related tasks.
- You can’t find time for self-care.
- Your fun activities start feeling like obligations.
- You turn to addictive behaviors such as drinking for escape or to unwind.
- Your health is declining.
Are you experiencing any of these warning signs?
If you are, you aren’t alone! The internal pressure that we place upon ourselves to succeed as bloggers can lead us to burnout!
Want to avoid or escape blogger burnout? It’s simple! Just do what others have done to avoid it and you will too! It’s right here for you…
26 Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout
So how do we avoid blogger burnout?
When I’m going through difficult times I try to remind myself that I’m not the only person to experience these hardships. Knowing that I’m not the only one to experience and overcome a particular problem helps me avoid overwhelm.
Others have used the following techniques to overcome burnout. All we have to do is follow their example. Implementing one or more of these should get you back on track. Which ones stand out for you?
Before we get into the specifics of each. Here’s the quick list for avoiding blogger burnout…
26 Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout
- Refocus and Reevaluate
- Learn to Say “No”
- Implement the 80 20 Rule of Blogging
- Test Your Actions
- Work the Whole Time You Work
- Follow the KISS principle
- Be Realistic in Your Expectations
- Periods of Rest
- Get a Life
- Go Back
- Surround Yourself with People
- Seek Help
- Apply the 5 Second Rule: 5 — 4 — 3 — 2 — 1
- Explore Areas Outside Your Niche
- Fight Comparison and Channel Jealousy
- Stop Talking Crap to Yourself
- Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
- Create a Happy, Designated Workspace
- Blog at a Coffee Shop
- Be Patient
- Post Less Often
- No Multitasking
- Seek Inspiration
- Have Fun!!!
- Get Enough Sleep and Eat Right
Having set times where you’re unplugged from all electronic devices will help adjust the pace of your life and make blogging more enjoyable. This includes limiting TV time.
It’s unhealthy for your and your family’s emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing to be continually connected to electronic devices especially those connected to the Internet.
Constant contact with electronic devices will make you feel like you’re always working and isolate you from the ones you love.
Set designated times where electronic devices aren’t used and create unplugged zones/safe zones where no electronic devices are allowed.
The dinner table and bedroom are two top places where electronic devices should never be allowed. Never be plugged in during any family or friend time. It will alienate you from the people you love.
Whatever the electronic connection, email, social media, blog stats, phone calls, texts… they can wait.
It might be hard to hear but the world including world-wide-web will go on without your input.
2. Refocus and Reevaluate
When your head and heart aren’t right. You’ll burn out.
There are many facets to blogging that can easily pull our attention in all sorts of directions and distract us from our primary focus to leave us overwhelmed and disillusioned.
When this happens, it’s time to do some soul searching and introspection.
Why did you start blogging?
What are your goals?
Do your current actions align with your original focus?
What is your definition of success?
We all change over time. Does your original focus align with who you are now?
Do you need to adjust your focus, set new goals, or reevaluate?
Many bloggers burn out due to a lack of focus or focusing on the wrong things. This is a huge one for me. I gravitate toward being busy over being productive. I have to periodically review my actions to see if they align with my goals. Refocusing is usually all I need. On rare occasion, I reevaluate.
This blog began after a reevaluation process. I closed down two experimental blogs and stopped focusing on my health blog, HowToTreatHeartburn.com.
AHoodLife.com aligns better with where I am in life and has allowed me to include my wife. I got married in April of 2016! We have a lot of great things planned for the future of this blog!
Do you gravitate toward being busy like I do?
Keep your blinders on! Stay focused on the activities that will most rapidly lead you to your goals and dreams. You’ll find me repeatedly referring to the 80 20 Rule of Blogging. Use this rule when evaluating the worth of your blogging activities. Many are unnecessary and should be avoided at all costs.
Here are 5 Ways to Maintain Focus:
- Don’t multitask. Working on one task at a time improves productivity and improves focus.
- Define your idea of success.
- Refer to your goals each morning to renew your focus. Your goals should be written and timely. (i.e. “I will write one new post a week.”) You should have long-term goals as well as short-term goals that you set monthly, weekly, and even daily.
- Create an action plan for achieving your goals and put them into motion.
- Review and apply the 80 20 Rule of Blogging. Applying the 80 20 Rule of Blogging allows us, bloggers, to work less, think more, and be far more productive in our business.
3. Learn to Say “No”
Set your boundaries by saying “No” a lot!
Time is limited. Time is precious. Time is valuable!
Say “no” to a lot of good things to say “yes” to the best in both your blog life and your personal life.
Of course, there are some things that you can’t say “no” to. This most often happens in our personal lives. You have a unique responsibility as a mother, father, wife, husband… Whatever your responsibility, it’s yours and no one else’s.
My capacity for taking on tasks or responsibilities is not the same as yours. I’m continually amazed by the accomplishments of many bloggers. How they get so much done is beyond my capacity.
Taking on more than you can handle keeps you from being the best you. If you aren’t at your best, it will take you longer to meet your blogging goals. Your expectations will not be met. You’ll become disillusioned. This leads to blogger burnout.
Please! Don’t feel guilty saying “no” and don’t ever feel obligated to say “yes”. Look out for your best interests by saying “no”.
You’re only one person. You can’t do everything.
So, when you get those requests for interviews, low paying or free product reviews, unpaid guest post opportunities, and the like, seriously consider their value. Most of these opportunities will not get you ahead. Most of these will place an extra burden on you and distract you from your goals.
Avoid saying “yes” to opportunities that fail to add long-term benefit to your blog.
To evaluate opportunities, ask yourself qualifying questions:
- Do I really want the item being offered for review?
- Will the item being offered for review benefit my readers?
- Will the project or guest post benefit my blog and help me reach my goals?
- Is the opportunity a distraction from my current activities?
- Is the interview request from a source or blogger that would be of benefit?
To evaluate many opportunities, consider the sum of the whole.
There is a theory that you’re the sum of the top 5 people you surround yourself with.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~ Jim Rohn
If you surround yourself with people better than you. You’ll be lifted up. If you surround yourself with people lower than you. They’ll drag you down.
The same applies to your blog. If a top blogger wants to interview you, a blogger that ranks higher than you, consider the request. If they’re lower in rank, the answer in most cases should be “no”.
Want to know other things to say “no” to? Let the 80 20 Rule of Blogging be your guide.
There are many blog-related activities I say “no” to. Many are activities that well-intentioned bloggers promote all over the Internet!
4. Implement the 80 20 Rule of Blogging
Have you learned the ins and outs of the 80 20 Rule of Blogging yet? If not, please check our post. It will teach you how to work less and make more money. Its rules alone often prevent blogger burnout.
Basics of the 80 20 Rule of Blogging
The basics of the 80 20 rule are that 80% of results come from 20% of efforts. The rule can be applied to work, play, and family… In fact, it can be applied to all areas of life.
This means small inputs are critical to producing the greatest outcomes.
We constantly add to our busyness by performing blog activities that don’t provide us the results we want. In most cases, these activities aren’t necessary or they’re activities that can be outsourced.
Working at unnecessary activities that don’t provide our desired results will lead to burnout.
Applying the 80 20 Rule of Blogging
You can avoid blogger burnout by applying the 80 20 Rule of Blogging:
- Blogging activities that provide unfavorable results should never be used or used very sparingly.
- Activities that provide the greatest benefits in blogging should be used as much as possible.
- Inferior blogging activities should be reworked to provide more favorable results where possible.
- Your resources should be shifted from unproductive to productive.
As bloggers, we often waste effort on social media, email, and other busy blogging activities when these efforts bring very few benefits.
Creating new posts bring us far better results than social media promotion and Pinterest. Google search brings in the bulk of traffic on all our sites. So we’ve shifted away from doing as much social promotion to concentrate on what matter most. Writing.
Set strict rules for social media and Pinterest use as well as email and comments. Limiting these will help prevent blogger burnout.
Log out of all social media accounts.
Turn off all notifications for all sources including email.
Only check email right before quitting for the day and if you can resist, reduce checking your email to once a week. Most email is worthless, so cut out the crap.
You can’t be productive when you’re checking email and other notifications all day.
Oh! And fight the temptation to check your statistics and sales throughout the day! It’s an addictive habit.
If you check out the 80 20 Rules of Blogging, you’ll learn where you should focus and other activities to avoid.
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5. Test Your Actions
Each and every action of your blogging time should be in line with your goals. If your action is not moving you toward your goal, STOP WASTING TIME!!!
Perform meaningful tasks! We have limited time! Make sure your time is spent productively.
6. Work the Whole Time You Work
Avoiding distractions of all sorts will help you focus on what’s important.
Distractions make you feel like you’re working when actually your not. They also keep you from performing your work as efficiently as you could otherwise.
Avoid distractions. Grind out the work and be done with it.
Don’t fool yourself. Blogging is work. Focus and make it happen.
Turn off, shut down, and closeout of…
- The TV
- Social media
- Blogging tutorials
- Other Internet distractions
It’s easy to get distracted when blogging. After all, most of us are on the Internet when we’re writing our blog posts.
If you have a family, especially small kids, consider blogging before everyone gets up in the morning. I get far more writing done early in the morning than I do if I try to write late at night when the weight of the world has already put a toll on me.
Pets can be a distraction too. Buddy, our dog, sleeps a dog bed behind me while I blog. On most days, this is okay, but there are others when he snores and barks in his sleep. Huge distraction! I make him leave the office on these days.
Work the whole time you work!
7. Follow the KISS principle
KISS! Don’t start rocking out yet! I’m not talking about the band or better yet smooching. I’m talking about the acronym “Keep It Simple, Stupid“.
KISS is a design principle coined by engineer Kelly Johnson with the U.S. Navy in 1960. I was first taught this principle in college and I’ve come back to it repeatedly over the years.
The KISS principle essentially states that most things work best if they’re kept simple and to avoid unnecessary complexity.
Blogging at its core is simple… Write.
The extraneous activities we add to blogging make it unnecessarily complicated.
The more complicated we make blogging the more likely we are to experience burnout.
“We can keep ourselves so busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many people and cover so much ground that we never have time to probe the fearful and wonderful world within… By middle life most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.” ~ John W. Gardner
8. Be Realistic in Your Expectations
Some things just can’t be accomplished. I can’t write a post a day.
Do you have a family? Full-time job? Kids? Other responsibilities will set precedence and dictate what we can reasonably accomplish in a day, week, month or year.
I make my next day’s to-do list at the end of each workday.
Do you make up a daily to-do list?
How often do you finish your list?
Most people who have a daily to-do list, including me, don’t finish their list. It’s crammed full with way more than we can possibly accomplish in one day.
I’m learning to create reasonable to-do lists so I can have daily wins.
Winning is fun!
Unmet Expectations Leads to Burnout
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
The advice given by Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, sounds beautiful. It’s great advice for some lofty longterm goals, but if you commit to this daily, you’ll be floating around Outerspace in a panic. Picture Sandra Bullock in the movie Gravity. Yikes!!!
My habit in creating a to-do list was to aim for the moon. I’d be moving toward my goals but always fall short of meeting my daily goal.
This is a recipe for burnout. Never completing your daily to-do list leads to feelings of frustration and inadequacy.
It’s best to set attainable daily goals. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in one day.
Think about all the blogging goals you’ve set. Are they reasonable?
The number of blog posts you plan to write, your blog traffic goals, the money you plan to make… Are your desires reasonable goals? Don’t set yourself up for failure.
Set your goals high. Push yourself, but make sure your goals are attainable.
Want to make $50,000 a year at blogging? $100,000? $250,000? MORE? What’s a reasonable timeframe for achieving your desired blog income?
9. Periods of Rest
We all assume we have a greater capacity than we really do. Most of us are spread far too thin. Our jobs, blogging, family, activities, and other responsibilities constantly pull for our attention.
Many of us, especially Americans, tend to wear busyness as a badge of honor. We pride ourselves on getting to work early, leaving work late, not taking breaks, working through lunch, not taking vacation days… Are you guilty?
I’m guilty. Trying to do better.
Busyness fuels a since or self-importance or martyrdom.
Ask someone how they’re doing. The first response from many of us is, “Busy.” Right? It’s a response I’ve given often.
Guess what? Many of the things we busy ourselves with don’t add to the value of our blogs or lives.
Periods of rest help us recharge and shift our focus to the things that matter.
Rest actually promotes productivity and opens our eyes to opportunities.
Learn to take periods of rest.
Working all the time is not a sustainable business model or way to run your life. It will lead to burnout.
Take periodic breaks in your day and lunch too!
Tip: To avoid eye strain, you should look off in the distance at something green, like a tree every 20 minutes. This tip’s from my optometrist.
Take One Day Off Each Week
This might be on Sunday. Whatever works for you. Take at least one day off per week. I try not to work on the weekends.
Take a Vacation from Blogging
Whether you take an actual vacation to the beach, mountains, another country, or the backyard. Taking extended time away from your work as a blogger is important as well.
Extended times away from your blog help to restore your head and heart.
Make “You Time”
When was the last time you took out time for yourself?
It’s often tempting to do chores or take care of others when taking breaks from blogging. When you take your breaks make sure you’re taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. If you don’t you’re sure to burn out.
When we take care of ourselves, we’re better able to take care of others in everyday life and through our blogs.
Ideas for taking care of yourself…
Get outside and get some fresh air. Being inside all the time and especially in front of a computer isn’t healthy.
- Drink a cup of coffee or glass of wine outside and relax.
- Take poochie for a walk around the block.
- Take a hike. Getting out in nature recharges us.
Take care of yourself physically! Get regular exercise to maintain your physical health and work off that stress. The gym or yoga with your favorite YouTube coach… Pick something and stick to it.
Good Lord! Have you showered today? Are you still sitting in your PJ’s? Many bloggers start working on their blog as soon as they hop out of bed. It’s not unusual for them to still be in their PJ’s when 5 pm rolls around.
You’ll feel better when you’re presentable and the funk is washed off. Fix your hair, shave, put on a favorite outfit… these little things help to restore energy.
Relax and have a spa day, massage, or at least have a soak in the tub!
Do you have a creative outlet outside blogging? Painting? Crafts? Cooking? Photography? Anything? Find a creative outlet to lose yourself in for a while.
Being still has a restoring effect that allows us to see past ourselves and our problems.
Spend time without electronic devices and noise.
We often think that we can’t take a break from blogging, that things will fall apart, that progress will not be made without our constant input.
I’ve burned out on certain blogs in the past or focussed on one blog ignoring all others. Guess what? The blogs I stepped away from grew without my time or input. And when I got back to writing for these blogs my focus was renewed.
Even if you take a break from your blog and your stats fall a bit. Isn’t that better than giving up completely?
Adjusting your pace will help you prevent blogger burnout.
10. Get a Life
So many bloggers throw themselves into their blog. They try to do everything in the shortest time possible in order to start seeing an income. I get it. Establishing an income through your blog is extremely important.
But if you live and breath your blog, it’s unhealthy and you won’t actually produce your best work. You need to have a life outside blogging to round you out.
Make sure to take those blogging breaks, get out and do things with family and friends. Grab a coffee, see a movie, go out to eat, exercise, go to a park, zoo, aquarium, church, or museum, … Anything!
Find interests and fun outside blogging.
All work and no play make you a dull blogger!
11. Go Back
Go back the way you came.
If you’re in blogger burnout or heading into it, there was once a time when you weren’t. What were you doing differently before burnout and what actions lead you down the path to burnout?
Retrace your steps and get back on the road to success. Choose not to do the activities that lead to burnout.
Pushing to get posts seen through social media will burn me out. The time, for me, is never worth the reward in traffic. There is the rare occasion where a post goes viral but that’s like hitting the jackpot. Super rare! If one out of ten posts went viral, I’d be all over it. But they don’t.
When I spend too much time on social media, I know I’m headed for burnout. I migrate to it because it’s easy. We all do. It’s an easy task that makes us feel like we are accomplishing something. It’s deceptive and addictive!
I have to go back to what works for me, writing new posts. That’s where I experience greater success.
I’m not saying you should avoid promoting on social media. I’m just saying it not right for me to focus too much time on it. You may rock social media. If so, stick to it! Analyze what you’re doing and determine your strengths… or what you could be great at if you tried. We all have different talents.
Where do you find success? Are you focused on this area of blogging?
Have you migrated to an area that isn’t providing the expected reward?
When your expectations don’t align with your intended outcome, you’re headed for blogger burnout.
Related content: Your Roadmap to Success: Direction Determines Destination
12. Surround Yourself with People
Pay attention to your desire to be around people. Has it changed? Are you isolating yourself from others?
Isolating ourselves from others is one of the first things we do when burning out. It’s often hard to tell with many bloggers. Blogging is a very isolating task in itself.
Why should be Surround ourselves with people: family, friends, like-minded, those that inspire, and fellow bloggers?
When we’re left to our own devices, we can convince ourselves of almost anything. We can easily convince ourselves of a false narrative.
This self-deception plus lonely existence can lead to blogger burnout.
Stagnation vs. Growth
It’s also hard to grow and reach success without the input of others. We become comfortable and stagnant.
It’s hard to grow or grow in a positive direction without hearing the truth about ourselves from other people. We need the input of others to grow and reach our greatest potential.
“Trying to grow spiritually without hearing the truth about yourself from somebody else is like trying to do brain surgery on yourself without a mirror.” ~ John Ortberg
We often try to do everything on our own without asking for input from others. We pride ourselves in thinking we can do it on our own. I’m guilty of this thought process. But we’re not made to do everything on our own. We need the input and help of others.
Blogger Burnout Hurts Others
Guess what?! When we experience blogger burnout the people closest to us suffer too! We push them away as we become quick-tempered, hurtful, cold, quiet versions of ourselves.
Socialization and Quality Time with People Who Matter
It’s extremely important to socialize and spend quality time with the people who matter to you. Your well-being and the well-being of your loved ones depends on it.
Spend Time with Non-Bloggers
Spend time with people who don’t care about blogging! It’s a breath of fresh air!
If all you do is blog, you’ll be tempted to talk blogging with them but you’ll quickly learn you’re boring them.
Change gears! Recover your sanity! The escape from blogging life will help reduce the possibility of burnout.
Spend Time with Bloggers
Fellow bloggers are some of the most helpful and supportive people I’ve come across. If you can find fellow bloggers in your community, make a point to meet with them. The right one(s) can keep you grounded and in proper focus.
13. Seek Help
Seek the help of others. By doing so, you can share the weight of your troubles and responsibilities and avoid blogger burnout.
We don’t like seeking the help of others. To get the right help, we have to be transparent. That’s hard! Being transparent makes us vulnerable.
But being vulnerable to others and divulging our struggles isn’t a sign of weakness. It shows strength. Other people struggle too you know!
Transparency is refreshing and creates loyalty, trust, and understanding.
If you haven’t figured it out, there are tons of compassionate people out there, especially in the blogging world! Most will sympathize with your situation and are willing to help.
“I’m lost. Can you help me? I don’t know what I’m doing with this whole blogging thing. Do you have any tips or advice? What am I doing wrong?”
Living transparently helps you share the weight you’re under.
We have the privilege to share the weight and we go further faster by sharing the weight.
Are you exhausted, frustrated, disillusioned, cranky, short-tempered, worn out, crushed under the weight of all this blogging stuff you’re trying to accomplish? Burned out on blogging?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out…? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30|MSG
How can you share the weight of your responsibilities and find relief from blogger burnout?… Outsource, partner, automation, community, fellowship, and organizational systems.
You can not do everything.
There is too much to running a blog to do everything. Blogs are high-maintenance. If you try to accomplish everything yourself, you’re going to burn out.
Fortunately, with the application of the 80 20 Rule of Blogging, we can determine which activities are worth our focus. The lesser activities that don’t bring us our greatest reward can be outsourced if we still want these done.
The 80 20 Rule states that 20 percent of your efforts will provide 80 percent of your rewards. Thusly, that means 80 percent of your efforts only provide 20 percent of your rewards.
If you still want to complete some or all of the activities that provide only 20 percent of your rewards, consider outsourcing. Why should you needlessly burden yourself with these activities?
If you don’t have the knowledge, ability, or time for an activity, consider outsourcing that activity.
For example, you might hire a freelancer, virtual assistant, or intern to schedule your social media posts and Pinterest pins. Or you might want to have someone else handle some of the server-side things at Bluehost that you don’t understand.
Alternatively, maybe there’s something outside blogging that you can outsource so you can spend more time on your blog. Getting a maid for example.
Many bloggers get their children to help out with certain blogging and household tasks.
Find a partner. There are many blogs that have two or more partners. Some people are more adept at some things than others. Maybe you like writing and hate the social media side of things. You could partner with a social media guru!
Maybe a friend, spouse, or family member could partner with you on your blog.
Blogging communities can provide help, support, understanding, and encouragement. As fellow bloggers, they understand where you’re coming from where family and friends can not.
Social media platforms like Facebook have many blogger communities. If you want to meet with fellow bloggers in person, WordPress supports many local blogger groups through Meetup.
Spending time in community with bloggers is a great way to avoid blogger burnout.
Develop a friendship with a fellow blogger that you can meet with on a regular basis. Preferably someone who is more advanced than you. Meeting regularly will provide a source of friendship, help, support, understanding, encouragement, and accountability.
A fellow blogger will get what you’re talking about instead of getting quiet and glazing over like a non-blogger.
When possible, find a fellow blogger in your own niche. It helps that much more when you can compare notes on the nuances of your niche… Google algorithm changes affecting your niche, and the like.
Feel like you’re starting to burnout? A coffee meeting with blogger buddy may be all you need to pull you out of the funk.
Whether it’s Google Calendar or a day planner. Planners help you stay organized and focused so you don’t get off track and disillusioned with your progress. Amazing that something so simple can help prevent blogger burnout.
Review your progress often (daily, weekly, monthly) to make sure your efforts are aligning with your goals.
14. Apply the 5 Second Rule: 5 — 4 — 3 — 2 — 1
Feeling unmotivated? In or headed into burnout? Don’t accept the fact that you’re unmotivated. Build productivity, confidence, and mental health with the National Bestselling book The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins.
We have a tendency to do what’s easy and avoid the hard things. I’ve been using the 5 Second Rule to push forward, to do the hard things, and to shift my mindset from destructive thoughts to a positive outlook.
How does it work? Simple! Just count down 5 — 4 — 3 — 2 — 1 — GO! The act of counting down distracts you from all the crap your mind will use to sabotage you.
Here’s the thing. If you don’t act on a thought within 5 seconds, your mind will kill it. Your mind will put it aside or come up with a barrage of excuses not to act. We all have this problem.
The 5 Second Rule is a great tool to push you forward.
Want to know more? Mel Robbins has you covered in this TEDx Talks video…
15. Explore Areas Outside Your Niche
Hyperfocus on your blog niche and ignoring other areas of life will close your mind to new ideas and kill your inspiration. The exploration of ideas and the learning of new things keeps life interesting.
Give your mind a break from your blog niche. A fresh mind will improve your writing.
Learn through books and continuing education. Find a new hobby. Explore possible hidden talents like photography or painting. Singing? Singing isn’t my hidden talent. Makes the dog howl. 😉
When you’re hyperfocused, your mind will close off to new opportunities. But when exploring new areas of interest, you’ll discover new and wonderful opportunities.
16. Fight Comparison and Channel Jealousy
Don’t waste time and energy comparing yourself to other bloggers.
Comparison will rob you of joy and leave you feeling inadequate!
I don’t think of fellow bloggers as competition. They’re friends! Reach out! You’ll find how nice and helpful many of them truly are.
Fight jealousy! Why be jealous of those more accomplished? Their accomplishments are to be admired! They’ve paved the way for us and are an ever-evolving source of inspiration.
Learn from other bloggers so you can meet your goals faster!
Comparison and jealous are a slippery slope into blogger burnout. Get rid of them!
17. Stop Talking Crap to Yourself
It’s easy to get down on yourself when things don’t go your way. I get it! Been there! There’ve been times when I’ve been chewed up and spit out.
You WILL have setbacks as a blogger.
Your blog host has problems… It happens.
Your blog crashes… Been there!
Rocking back and forth in your chair pulling your hair out and cursing. Maybe even a tear or three. YEP!!!
Good grief! If people could hear our inner dialogs, they’d strap a pretty, white straightjacket on us. Am I right? The things we think and say to ourselves… Wow!!!
You’re smart, wonderful, and loved! Don’t ever lose sight of that! Don’t start talking crap to yourself when things don’t go your way. Correct that inner child when it throws one of these tantrums.
Hey, guess what!? Blogging has ups and downs. Life in general right? AND it’s not the end of the world or your career as a blogger.
If you experience one of these setbacks, don’t get down.
Don’t start the negative talk! It will send you on a fast track to blogger burnout.
Learn from problems and move ahead.
I think of blogging… really most aspects of life as a puzzle. Other people have mastered this puzzle and you can too!
So what. I put two puzzle pieces together that didn’t fit and the blog crashed. I always have a backup.
If you don’t experience problems blogging you aren’t trying hard enough. Try to look at it as a badge of honor. You WILL recover!
18. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
Practicing gratitude can pull you out of blogger burnout.
Check this out!…
Scientific studies show that the practice of gratitude makes us happier in the present and also increases the likelihood of feeling good in the future.
People who practice gratitude are more optimistic, happier, healthier, and compassionate. They sleep better, have a greater connection with others, have a greater feeling of being loved, exercise more, are more flexible and creative thinkers, experience a reduction in negative life effects, and good things are more likely to come their way.1,2
Sounds like developing an attitude of gratitude has the potential to not only pull us out of blogger burnout but so much more!
I practice gratitude and have little mantras that I repeat to myself when I walk the dog.
Let’s practice! What are you thankful for?
19. Create a Happy, Designated Workspace
Our surroundings affect our mood.
Create a designated workspace that’s happy. One that inspires your productivity and creativity.
What inspires you?
What makes you happy?
What could you add to make your workspace happy and inspiring? Flowers? Photos? Vision board?
I have artwork and mementos that remind me of happy times and loved ones.
Make it a place you love! You’re going to be there a lot!
Carve out a space that’s for blogging only and nothing else. I work at a desk in the basement. I know when I sit down at my desk I’m there to blog. Nothing else.
I prefer a space that I don’t see after quitting for the day. If I can see it, I’ll feel like I’m still connected to work.
If you blog on the couch all day and then turn on the TV at night to relax, you won’t ever feel like you’re leaving work.
I once had an apartment that had a built-in desk in the bedroom. Horrible idea! When I wanted to sleep, I’d see the next day’s work waiting for me and would be reminded of the day’s frustrations. Back then I worked 60 to 80 hours a week in that bedroom. It felt like I never left. Hated it!
If you can’t carve out a space that’s only for blogging, consider adding happy items of inspiration to your surrounding each time you blog.
Keep It Clean
I’m not a neat freak. This one’s hard for me to follow. But it’s an important one! Clutter absolutely kills my creativity. I need a clean workspace.
What about you?
Freshen up your workspace each day before leaving. That way you’re greeted by an inviting space the next day.
20. Blog at a Coffee Shop
Whether it’s a coffee shop, library, co-working space, or wherever it’s good to occasionally shake things up and find a new surrounding. Give the designated workspace a break. Escape from the home office provides a change of pace and helps shake off the blogging blues.
I’ve needed a break from my desk in the basement. I’m writing from Starbucks at the moment.
When we lived in Nashville, TN, I liked blogging at Long Hunter State Park. I’d hike in on an off-beaten trail to sit on a bench at the lakeshore. I could be there for hours without seeing anyone. Amazingly peaceful to write while the water lapped against the rocky shoreline. Miss that spot.
21. Be Patient
Being patient is so hard! In today’s fast-paced society, we’re used to immediate gratification. I’m always pushing and want my blogs to perform better and faster. Yep, I’m guilty of this one for sure! I want everything yesterday.
No matter how hard you push blogging takes time. Especially in the beginning when you’re trying to figure out how everything works… Courses, blog hosting, WordPress, plugins, legal stuff, revenue, social media promotion, email list building, analytics…
Wears me out just thinking about it! Blogging chores seem almost endless. There’s a lot to master!
It can be overwhelming. Take a breath and move closer to your goals at a steady pace. No need to race. You WILL get there! 😀
It’s rare to experience immediate gratification in blogging. Blogging is a longterm game.
Do you remember The Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s Fables? Be the tortoise. Slow and steady. You’ll wear out trying to be the hare.
Now, when I say to be the tortoise, Don’t be lazy about it. You won’t get anywhere that way.
22. Post Less Often
Too many bloggers fall for the hype of posting multiple times a week.
To rank in Google Search, you need to post high-quality content.
Want to create a following? Readers want high-quality content and they don’t want to have to read a new post from you every other day.
A post a week is more than enough to keep you busy.
23. No Multitasking
Here’s what I’ve done recently… I’ve redesigned my workdays to avoid multitasking. Multitasking is a waste of time. Your mind has to switch gears and that wastes time.
I don’t like wasting time.
Time is limited.
I’ve decided to schedule certain tasks for certain days.
Writing days, graphic design days, admin days…
I don’t pigeonhole myself into doing the same task on the same day of the week. I don’t need to do admin every week. I do need to write every week, but maybe I’m not motivated to write on Thursday this week. No big deal. I’ll work on graphics.
It’s easy to experience overload as a blogger. Multitasking will add to that feeling of overload and bring on blogger burnout.
24. Seek Inspiration
Taking an online course or learning something new about blogging inspires me. Courses can renew my focus and give me a new blogging idea to implement.
Above all visual things inspire my creativity. A new art installation at a local museum can work when my desire to create blog visuals is low.
Learning something new is a great way to break out of blogger monotony.
What inspires you?
25. Have Fun!!!
When you’re burning out, fun activities start feeling like obligations. Pay attention to this sign. Don’t avoid the fun things. Double down on them.
Do you find any aspects of blogging fun? I hope so. Focus on these fun tasks when burning out that way you’re still moving forward. The blogging tasks you hate should not be a priority at this time.
Surround yourself with fun friends that help you unwind.
Participate in fun activities that you normally enjoy. For me, that’s being creative, hiking, and kayaking. What are your hobbies and interests? What do you like doing?
26. Get Enough Sleep and Eat Right
Comfort from sleep and healthy food can restore and refuel.
I’m not talking comfort food here. Don’t go get a gallon of ice cream. That won’t help.
I’m not saying comfort in sleep and food. It’s comfort from. There is a difference.
Have you ever experienced blogger burnout? Are you on the verge or in full-blown burnout right now? What tips do you have for avoiding blogger burnout? We’d love to hear from you!
1) Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough. (2003). Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003, Vol. 84, No. 2, 377–389.
2) Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough. (2003). Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003, Vol. 84, No. 2, 377–389. (Links to the PDF)