16 ways to avoid blogger burnout & stay motivated
February 18, 2019
Blogging is hard work. I would bet money that it’s much harder than you realised before you started your blog, am I right?
If you blog on the side of a regular job or around kids then there are probably a lot of late nights and not a lot of downtime. If you’re a full-time blogger then you have a lot of pressure to blog as much as possible in order to bring in enough money to pay the bills.
So whatever your blogging setup is, you probably feel overworked, stressed out, and like you don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done. It is something that will probably happen to every blogger at some point in their blogging career and like with any job, it’s important to look after yourself and not get burnt out from trying to do too much.
When you’re feeling burnt out you lose motivation and might even want to quit blogging completely.
If any of this sounds familiar, take a look at my tips to avoid blogger burnout and stay positive…
How to avoid blogger burnout
Get your blog organised
The most important thing is to get yourself and your blog organised and manage your time efficiently. Set yourself goals and objectives so you always know what you’re working towards.
Being organised and having a routine helps to eliminate stress and any last minute surprises, and keep you calm. Poor time management leads to burnout.
Be realistic with your goals
We all want big things from our blogs but try to be realistic when you set your goals. Aiming too high will just leave you disappointed, instead, break down big goals into smaller and more manageable ones.
Give yourself enough time to get things done and don’t take on work that you know you will find hard to deliver on.
There’s just so much to do when it comes to running a blog and you’re not going to get everything ticked off your list each week. Prioritising tasks will help you to be more productive and cross things off your to-do list.
List your tasks in order of priority so that each day you know where should your energy and effort should be focused.
Schedule downtime during the day
If you blog full-time you might feel like you have to be at your desk all day like you would in a full-time job. The good thing is you’re the boss so you can schedule some time away from your laptop without having to ask anyone else!
Taking time for yourself every day is good for your body and your mind. Try doing at least one thing outside of the office each day, even if it’s only a quick walk around the block, this will give you more mental energy when you return to work.
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Set your working hours
Your blog is your baby and you want to put in as much work as you can. But if you stay up until past midnight every night, or work 7 days a week, you will quickly burn out and lose motivation to blog.
Set yourself a schedule of when you will work on your blog, whether this is the number of hours each day or evening that you spend blogging, or how many days a week you will blog. This will also help you to work out how much you can get done each week.
Take a break from blogging
It’s absolutely acceptable to take time off from blogging. This might be a free day or evening each week, or a 2 week holiday in the summer. It’s important not to feel guilty about taking time off, you deserve it and if you’ve been suffering from a creative burnout you will probably come back refreshed and full of new ideas.
Plan in advance so you have blogs and social media posts scheduled and your out of office on so you aren’t thinking about blogging during your time off.
Have set days to do admin
Blogging isn’t just writing posts, there are so many blog admin tasks that you need to do as well. It’s a good idea to have a day set aside when you purely work on these tasks and don’t write any posts. This can help you to blitz all your admin in one go so that for the rest of the week you can focus on writing.
Know when to say no
Since you can’t do everything, make sure you say no if you don’t have the time or it doesn’t feel right. You will get offers of sponsored posts with very low pay (or none at all!) or some that will just take up a lot of your time. There may be event invites that sound fun but aren’t really relevant for your blog.
If it isn’t worth your while don’t feel like you have to say yes. You can politely decline and thank them for considering your blog so that you don’t burn any bridges for future collaborations.
Set social media limits
Bloggers naturally spend a lot of time on social media and it is very easy to get distracted and find yourself an hour later watching cat videos or Facebook stalking someone you used to go to school with. None of this will help you to get your blogging work done!
Turn off social media notifications so you aren’t distracted. Limit social media use by setting times to check your accounts so you don’t keep logging in and getting distracted.
Check emails at set times
It’s also a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend checking your emails as these can also cause distractions.
Have a time each day when you check and reply to emails so that you don’t let emails pile up. Responding quickly to collaborations and invites is essential so that people want to work with you again in future.
It’s ok to delegate
Don’t waste time on the tasks you don’t want to do or aren’t good at. Many bloggers hire a Virtual Assistant who will take on tasks such as social media scheduling or admin.
Know your strengths and weaknesses – maybe you and another blogger could help each other out?
Don’t expect too much
It can take time to grow a blog, it won’t happen overnight, Be patient and keep working on your blog until you start to see results – many bloggers will give up too quickly if they don’t see the pageviews or money rolling in.
Don’t get obsessed by stats
Talking of pageviews, it’s not good to stress yourself out by refreshing Google Analytics throughout the day to see your blogging stats. If you’re having a slow day this can be really demotivating and ruin your whole day.
Have a look once or twice a week so you know you’re on the right track, you might get a nice surprise by seeing higher stats than expected but if not, you will know where to focus your attention next week.
Try not to stress over what other bloggers are doing
It’s tempting to read income reports from other bloggers and feel stressed when you see that they have earnt more money than you or had a higher amount of traffic. It’s important to remember that each blog and blogger is different – they may have been blogging longer, are in a different niche, or spend more time blogging than you. And of course, not all bloggers tell the full story!
Find someone to support you
It’s always good to have someone who has your back. It doesn’t matter whether this is a friend, family member, or another blogger. Find someone who will proofread your posts for you, share them on social media and listen to your ideas and your stresses.
If you don’t have anyone to ask there are lots of great blogging groups on Facebook that you can join to meet other bloggers and find a blogging ‘buddy’.
Look after yourself
The most important way to avoid burning out is to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Eat properly, get enough sleep, do some exercise and spend time with your loved ones.
If you start to feel stressed or anxious, take some time to relax and do something that you enjoy.
Do you ever feel burnt out from blogging? What do you do to relax and get your blogging motivation back?
Hopefully, these tips will help you the next time you feel stressed, and maybe even prevent burnout altogether. If you have any other tips to avoid stress and burnout please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!