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I wanna talk about Burnout.
Burnout is very real in the blogging world. It is a plague that overcomes bloggers and causes them to question everything they have been working so hard for.
We have all been there. You have so much on your to do list that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t. You procrastinate instead because you feel overwhelmed, and it’s easier to binge watch some Netflix instead of actually doing anything productive.
If you feel this way, you are not alone!
It is so easy to get caught up in your blog and spend every waking hour working away at it. The worst part about this is that you may not always see instant results with blogging, even if you are putting in a ton of hard work into it. This is especially true as a newer blogger!
I have been totally guilty of this, and it has been especially bad since becoming a momma. Every moment of baby-free time I have, I am blogging. But, sometimes I spend a whole hour getting nothing accomplished because I am trying to do a million things at once. I have no plan, no strategy, I am just pinning and writing, and creating images, and then I get side tracked and start doing something else and never complete the task I actually set out to do!
So today I want to talk about the steps I take to avoid or overcome burnout!
8 Simple but Effective Methods to Overcome Blogger Burnout
1 | Plan, Strategize, and Schedule
So so important for staying on track and avoiding overwhelm. Planning out your months and weeks are a great way to stay on track, and figuring out what you want to accomplish for your blog on a monthly basis.
Creating long-term strategies for income, blog growth, etc. help you see the big picture and allow you to break down large goals into strategic monthly/weekly/daily goals to achieve the big picture.
Lastly, scheduling tasks will keep you accountable and consistent. Schedule a certain day per week to accomplish specific tasks (Monday – New post, Wednesday – email newsletter, etc.)
2 | Block Out Time For Specific Tasks
Similar to scheduling your time, time blocking for specific tasks is a great strategy. What I started doing to help stay focused on one task at a time, is blocking out chunks of time for each task. For example, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Monday’s I focus on writing blog content. From 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm I focus on planning out my week ahead and scheduling my week of pins through Tailwind.
I actually wrote a whole blog post about time blocking and why it is awesome on Adjusting to Adulthood. Click here to give it a read!
3 | Avoid the Pinterest Black Hole
Pinterest is a great tool for marketing your blog and increasing your traffic. If you aren’t utilizing Pinterest yet, you should be. The only drawback with Pinterest is that you get sucked in and it is really easy to procrastinate by pinning all day long instead of working on great content or income strategies. I know when I am burnt out, the first thing I do is start procrastinating, usually on Pinterest.
So, how can you avoid that? By using a schedule!
I recommend Tailwind because it is a Pinterest Approved Scheduler. Tailwind is awesome because you can schedule your pins AND it gives you “optimal times” to pin based on your specific Pinterest profile. So, once a week you can go in and schedule all your pins for the week, and then your set! I only recently starting using Tailwind & I already see a good increase in my re-pins, followers, and overall blog traffic!
Having a scheduler frees up your time for more important things, and is one less way to procrastinate when you are feeling burnt out.
4 | Take Breaks & Time for Yourself
Sometimes when you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out the best thing is just take a break and relax. Even if your to-do list seems like it is never-ending. If you take time to recharge, you can come back to it refreshed and motivated, rather than trying to tackle your to-do list unmotivated and exhausted.
5 | Just Start
One of the biggest side effects of burn out for me is procrastination. When I feel burnt out the first thing I do is start making excuses to avoid tackling my to-do list. But, usually if I can just make myself start one easy task on my list, I fall right back into things and am able to be a bit more productive. Sometimes just making yourself start something is all it takes.
If I am really burnt out though, I let myself procrastinate a bit. If you start your task and you’re still not able to get into it and focus, then maybe try to relax and recharge, and then come back to it later and try again.
6 | Make a List of Accomplishments
Sometimes my burnout stems from feeling defeated or like I am not succeeding. That negative mindset can be hard to shake. It can be a downward spiral if you let yourself get caught up in self-doubt and negativity. When I feel this happening to me, a trick I use is to create a list of all the accomplishments or wins I have had so far.
For example, if I am feeling negative about my blogs overall success so far, I write down and review all my areas of blogging wins and accomplishments.
I was feeling very defeated recently because KendraBLOGS just is not bringing in the traffic stats that I would like it to be bringing in at this point. I am doing all of the things I am supposed to be doing, following the same steps that I followed to grow my first blog to 20,000 + page views per month, but not seeing the same results. It is frustrating. BUT then I reviewed my stats. I realized that kendraBLOGS is not even 5 months old yet and has already gained almost 500 email subscribers and earned me over $700 in blog income despite not having a ton of traffic. PLUS I created a free course for aspiring bloggers and I am getting emails from the students telling me how much they appreciate the course, and that reminds me why I started this blog in the first place. By reviewing my accomplishments, I was able to reset my mindset and remember that this won’t be an overnight success, but that I am also doing great and definitely on the right track.
7 | Remember the Big Picture + Your WHY
This one is important. Never lose sight of WHY you started or what your BIG picture is. When I feel uninspired or burnt out, one thing that lights a fire under my ass is remembering WHY I want this so badly. I love blogging, it is one of my biggest passions, but there is more to it than that. I started blogging before my daughter was born and it was always more for enjoyment than anything else. But, once she came into my life I started to take it more seriously and realize I could stay home with her and still contribute financially. I was able to turn my passion into a Side profit, but my BIG picture is to turn it into a full-time job. My WHY now centers around staying home with my daughter, having flexibility to be a mom and enjoy my family, but still having a fulfilling career that I love. When I am feeling defeated or burnt out, remembering my WHY usually snaps me back into hustle mode.
8 | Get Inspired
Lastly, one thing that helps me overcome burnout is getting inspired. If I am lacking inspiration or motivation, I browse around on other blogs that I love, read blog posts, engage with other bloggers in my niche, etc.
Usually doing this can spark some inspiration and motivate me to work on my own blog and get some stuff done.
Another trick is reading a motivating or inspirational book to get you back into a positive mindset. I have a few favorites that have really motivated me on my own journey:
So, there you have it. I hope I am able to help you overcome the horrible plague known as blogger burnout. Let me know your favorite ways to overcome or avoid burnout by leaving me a comment!