If you’ve ever suffered from bloggers burnout, you’ll know that it’s not a great situation to be in.
Every blogger has the potential to burn themselves out, some more often than others.
And if this is something you haven’t yet experienced for yourself, let’s hope you never have to.
What is bloggers burnout anyway?
When you excessively work or focus too hard on your blog, without taking time to rest, recuperate, and recharge your batteries properly, you end up running yourself into the ground and feeling mentally and physically drained and exhausted. This is called bloggers burnout.
I experienced bloggers burnout back in 2013 for the first and only time in my 8-year blogging career.
I never thought I could experience it for myself because I loved being a blogger and working on my blog so much.
But the long hours spent in front of my computer, isolating myself away from family and friends, not eating and sleeping properly, and not exercising soon took its toll on me.
No worries about burning out
I was just so busy creating content and growing my blogging business that I really didn’t think about hitting ‘the wall’.
But, in the summer of 2013, after almost 3 years of flat out blogging nonstop, I hit the wall in blogging, and my creative mind, my motivation, my mental energy, and focus simply came to a grinding halt.
To top it all off, my blogger’s burnout experience didn’t just last a few days, it went on for three whole months.
In that time span, I didn’t write a single word on my blog, I didn’t respond to a single comment, I couldn’t be bothered with blog promotion. I just did nothing.
I just woke up one morning in March couldn’t be bothered!
Instead, my focus shifted to playing video games, reading books, and watching movies.
Now and again I would try and focus on some blogging activities, but I found myself procrastinating on YouTube and social media.
How I overcame this period of feeling drained and demotivated
I finally decided to do something serious about my situation and get back into enjoying working on my blog again.
I felt passionate still, but something wasn’t quite making me feel energetic and motivated to blog.
So, in all it’s glory, here are 10 wonderful things that helped me to find my rhythm and creative flow to blog again. And, 10 things that helped to keep me from burning out again in the future.
10 ways to keep bloggers burnout and procrastination from consuming your soul!
#1. Develop a blogging routine that works for YOU
When our two children were born we put them into a routine from day one, and three years later, that routine has pretty much kept them in line to stay focused on their daily activities.
As parents, we rarely need to keep our kids in a routine anymore because they do that themselves. And it’s still working six years later… (at the time of updating this post).
When I finally got my act together to start blogging again in June of 2013, I decided to put myself into a blogging routine.
Getting into, and maintaining, a routine can certainly help you to remain focused and motivated on your blogging activities.
I found, from my own personal experiences, that writing blog posts roughly the same time each week helped a lot. I tend to dedicate Monday mornings to writing content for my blog.
Takeaway tip: Put yourself into a routine and stick with it for as long as you can.
#2. Set yourself “realistic” reachable goals
Creating small SMART daily goals will certainly help you get more done in your blogging week.
In addition, goal setting is a positive way to stay motivated and a great way to measure your success.
Having something to focus and aim for every day can completely dispel any possibility of suffering from bloggers burnout since your focus is on reaching your goals for the day, and not trying to complete lots of disorganized things in one day.
Takeaway tip: I use a blogging to-do list that consists of no more than 5 small reachable goals. Check out my Ultimate Blog Planner Workbook to access the to-do list I use in my blogging.
#3. Brainstorm post ideas in advance
What’s the benefit of brainstorming for post ideas in advance?
Well, so that you can always have a list of topic ideas to write about.
This was something I started doing a lot more of, and using my Blog Planner post ideas template to write ideas down meant that I could have access to a bunch of topics to write about anytime.
Takeaway tip: Spend 20 minutes each week finding topic ideas to add to your post topic list. Look through the comment section of your blog, social media posts, and visit blog community sites to see what’s trending and whether you can create a post with your own spin and insights. Keep this list handy for the future.
#4. Schedule your blog writing
Probably one of the most time-saving tactics I’ve ever done as a blogger is to schedule my blog writing.
At the beginning of each month, I pick out 4 blog post topics I want to write for the month. I then schedule them using CoSchedule.
As you know, my routine demands that I spend Mondays creating content for my blog, I literally spend all day writing. So, by Wednesday at the latest, I have a post to publish.
Takeaway tip: Use a blog content scheduling tool like CoSchedule, or a free content calendar plugin to help you get organized with your blog writing.
#5. Take frequent short breaks when blogging
I was clearly spending too long in front of my computer, so now I take longer and more frequent breaks in between sessions.
I like to go outside to get some fresh air and take a cup of green tea with me. I spend 15 minutes or so adjusting my eyes, stretching my legs, and doing some breathing exercises.
After taking a short break, I head back in and carry on with my blogging.
Takeaway tip: Do something similar. Your health is far more important than ensuring you have a blog post published in time.
#6. Invite guest writers
I created a dedicated guest blogging page to invite authentic, knowledgeable, experts to come and write on my blog.
This has given me back some time to focus on running my blogging business as well as providing a service to my clients.
Takeaway tip: Sometimes, when no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t muster the motivation to write, or can’t think of anything really worthy of putting words together for a blog post. In times like these, it’s time to call in some guest writers. Quality guest posts can help to ensure that your blog stays updated with fresh content, while you get yourself organized and motivated for writing again. If you don’t trust anyone to write quality content for your blog, consider hiring an expert writer, but do your research first.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. As I said at the start of this post, every blogger is perceptible to burning out. When you work too hard or focus your efforts beyond what is normal, your body and mind will shut down.
Watch out for the signs, if you are starting to feel fatigued and begin losing motivation to blog, chances are that’s a sign to change your methodology.
Best of luck.