It happened a little sooner than I thought, guys. That funky, uncomfortable, overwhelming feeling that comes sometimes with blogging. You might have experienced this before, are there now or it might strike in the future. But, be aware… it’s coming. One day.
Wednesday, I had a post all planned, but, not finished and scheduled. I have a bad habit of flying by the seat of my pants still… and being lazy, sometimes. Say the post were scheduled, this feeling would probably pass and we’d all move along. But, inspiration from my lack of inspiration struck for this post. (I hope it always happens that way!)
Let’s peel back the layers and figure out what to do when you’re feeling burnt out and uninspired. What to do to shake the blogger funk and overwhelm.
(Photo by: Robert S. Donovan @ imcreator)
Give yourself permission to slow down or start slow.
I went all in on my blog. To the freaking max. Why? Because I love it. Why is it a bad idea? Because I’m literally setting myself up for burn out.
With a posting schedule of 4 days a week, a hunger to promote like mad, and because I literally have about 87 post topics I want to cover right now, I overwhelm myself.
Sometimes, a lot.
I’m wearing a lot of hats like most you, my friends. I’m a mom and wife, I work full-time, I have hobbies, I’m always 2 steps behind on housework, and we’re living in two houses until the end of the school year… things are a little hectic to say the least.
Why did I launch this blog now, when I have so much going on? Because I had to start sometime. Why not now?
What happened Wednesday is I gave myself permission to take my lunch hour and spend it admiring my new home. I weeded a bit, I brought in a few things I had in my car for decorating and I decided not to spend my only hour away from work on my blog post. I know that I “had” to post Wednesday because that’s my typical schedule.
I know since I’m new consistency is SO important. But, do you know what’s important above all? Myself. I gave myself the permission to let it be. I gave myself permission to change-up what I had planned because unleashing your inspiration is the best form of creation.
So, try it.
Give yourself permission from time to time. Slow it down, take a break and take it all in stride.
Put down the phone. Don’t log on to Facebook. Let your emails be for a day.
Stop for a minute.
It seems like sometimes we get so wrapped up in technology that we forget to stop, slow down, and take life in.
Have a no tech day once a week. If that’s too extreme for you, try once a month.
Find the time to disconnect so you can…
Find someone to physically connect with. Get your hug on.
But, simply being in the presence of others and connecting that way it vital. The time with family and friends helps my mental health immensely.
With the dawn of social media, smart phones and text messaging physical connection has really been limited more than ever. Consciously making an effort to connect to others every day will help you stay healthy, happy and help you blog better.
I love spending the time supporting fellow bloggers. I like commenting, Tweeting, and pinning on Pinterest just like so many others. But, sometimes within all of that you start comparing yourself to some bloggers who really have it going on.
You might even find a post exactly like one you were just about to post or were planning to write.
You might feel defeated.
You might feel like you don’t have anything more to bring so you decide not to write it.
Knock that crap off!
You have an amazing way of being you. Let that shine.
Don’t compare your beginning to someone’s middle because you’ll just wind up in that funk.
Go on a leisurely walk, get your hands dirty in the garden or head to the park with the kids.
I have a love affair with gardening. The beauty and the feeling of helping mother nature create wonderful landscapes and delicious food just make my heart happy. I also get a little pin crazy on my garden board!
Find a way to connect with nature, get some vitamin D to boost your mood and you’ll be on the right track, baby.
Do you have a rough draft of what every day in your life should look like. I say should because, honestly, stuff comes up. I mean, am I right?
But, the same goes with children. When given a solid routine plus an idea of what to expect, children thrive. It holds true for adults as well!
Try grabbing a planner, notebook or some other system to map out what your day looks like. When you have 273 tasks to get done every day instead of just heading into your day like a bull in a china shop why not plan it out?
Having a routine is going to really cut back on that hair-raising, throat clenching, stomach wrenching overwhelming feeling that sometimes comes along.
Planners have their place in the world but when it comes to blogging, you need an editorial calendar.
Both integrate seamlessly into your self hosted WordPress posts section and provide wonderful calendars so you can visually see your scheduled posts. I like to create posts even if I only know what I’m going to name them to get them on the calendar for a visual representation of what’s coming up on my blog.
CoSchedule does take it up 10 notches by including customizable social media posting within the same post screen on WordPress. You can schedule posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ immediately, for the next day, next week, next month and/or custom future dates on the same exact screen you write your posts on. It’s amaze-balls.
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Above all, remember this. You are exactly where you need to be in this present moment!