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I didn’t put up a post last week. Also, this isn’t even the post that I had planned for this week, it was supposed to be about a super cool tabletop my husband made for me to use as a backdrop in my blog photos, and last week, I was supposed to do the next installment of the date night series. BUT…I had a tiny-ish blogger meltdown last week, and I didn’t remember to plan the date or finish writing the “how-to” or take any pictures or create any graphics. I tried using my lunch hours to catch up, but…it was a no go. So I went post-less last week. Gasp!
I have lofty goals for my blog (and other aspects of my life), and I have really been pushing myself to achieve them in the last 6 months. I have been living and breathing my blog, and last week, it all became too much and I just plopped into bed every night at 7:30 and watched youtube videos for 4 hours then went to sleep. I didn’t update buffer, so Twitter went silent for a few days. I only posted to Instagram sporadically. I didn’t do any blog photography or work on any graphics, and all my attempts at writing were rather lackluster.
I love blogging, I really do, and most days it definitely does NOT feel like a chore. However, last week, I was basically forcing myself to go through the motions, and, honestly, I didn’t do that great a job. This lethargy spread to other tasks as well…laundry piled up, the house fell into disarray, unopened mail was a mile high on the counter, and dinner was take-out three times. I think my blogger meltdown kinda turned into life in general burnout!!!
I have been wracking my brain for the last few days, trying to figure out my problem. How can I get my motivation back? What caused it to evaporate so suddenly? And, I think I found the answer. Remember earlier, when I said I have “been living and breathing my blog?” Yeah. That. I forgot to do stuff, like um, you know, for funsies. I was too focused. Not taking a break, ever, will definitely lead you straight to a burnout blogger meltdown!
So to combat this overwhelming apathy, and to keep it from ever coming back again, I am going to shoot for at least a couple hours each week doing something just for fun’s sake. I made a little list (of course I did) of things that I want and need to do for my own sanity. I thought some of you might be in the same boat, so I am sharing the list here 🙂
- Take a walk or hike without looking for the Instagram shot. Go out to eat without taking a picture of the food or the drink or the cool ceiling or the pretty flower planter in front of the restaurant. Even better, if you can leave your phone in the car.
- Play a game with your kid/family/significant other/dog without writing a blog post in your head about how fun it is.
- Read a book that you don’t have to write a review post on. Remember when you used to love to read just for fun?
- Watch silly videos without searching for the ones that need to go in your buffer to be shared on Twitter.
- Read a blog post that interests you just for the sheer enjoyment of learning the information, and not because you need to craft a perfect comment because you need to comment on at least two posts from the link-up.
- Spend a Saturday afternoon binge-watching a show on Netflix and DO NOT FEEL GUILTY because you are not joining a Twitter party, not promoting your post on social media, not working on your e-guide, or whatever other million tasks you “should” be doing.
- QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP BECAUSE YOU LEFT SOMETHING ON YOUR TO-DO LIST AND OPTED FOR SLEEP INSTEAD!!!!
Now, as you can see, this list is obviously very personal, and specific to things I am doing to myself, and you probably have your own list of ways you stressing yourself out. What I am trying to get at here, is that sometimes you have to take a break and just live. It is very hard to shut it off, especially since most days it is tons of fun, but I found out last week that even fun work, is still work. Occasionally, I need to do things that are 100% just for fun.
Do you have a hard time leaving blogger mode and just having a good time? What tricks do you use to maintain balance?