Last night as I was winding down, I thought of the fact that I didn’t have a blog post up and ready to go for this morning. Actually, I had been thinking of it all day, or more accurately, for a couple of days and yet I just couldn’t get myself to do it.
Failing to sit down and write can be a matter of laziness and lack of blogging discipline, but at other times, it’s a sign of blogging fatigue.
What I’ve come to realize is that blogging fatigue is often a sign of plain old fatigue, period. The exhaustion that we all feel at times when we’ve simply overextended ourselves, or when we’re worn down for one reason or another.
Here are some ways to beat fatigue in all areas of life so as to feel motivated and recharged enough to sit down and blog.
Yeah, I know that this one is a no brainer, but how often do you get as much sleep as you should? Or more appropriately I may ask, are you in the habit of sleeping well? Though it feels great to catch up on sleep, catching up isn’t nearly as effective as sleeping well consistently.
When sleep is inadequate, everything in life suffers, including the ability to write fresh and compelling content. Perhaps my new motto should be, “Sleep well, blog well,” because there is a lot of truth to that.
2. Nurture your spirit.
For me, this means to read the Bible, pray and journal. I tend to go in spurts with this. I’ll be consistent for long periods of time, and then when life gets too busy, or laziness sets in, I get out of the routine of starting my day with time with God.
Interestingly enough, when responsibilities of life press in and yet I still take the time to start my day with spiritual disciplines, I find myself at peace, free from anxiety, and filled with purpose and direction. I find that this time of nurturing my spirit also provides me with many ideas of things to blog about, and the energy and motivation to do it.
3. Get rid of energy stealers.
We all have things that bring negativity into our lives or things or people that zap our energy. It could be watching the news, or it could be being around a friend who complains all the time.
Or perhaps even someone in your family. It’s hard to get rid of family members who steal energy, and in fact, when possible, we need to nurture relationships with family rather than sever them. But even with family, we can set appropriate boundaries in order to maintain our own health and energy.
At times, it may be clients who steal our energy. It can be hard to let those people go because they represent money, and yet if they are impacting your overall health and energy, as hard as it may be to walk away from the income, you need to let them go.
Notice that the three suggestions above seemingly have nothing to do with blogging. But the reality is that blogging isn’t a separate component of life that can be separated from everything else. Blogging flows out of the rest of our lives, and can be done best when we are healthy in body, mind, spirit and relationships.
So if you’re having a hard time blogging consistently, or if you’ve hit a wall and just can’t seem to find the energy you need to blog with passion, take a look at the other areas of your life that may be contributing to your blogging fatigue, and make necessary changes in order to revitalize your passion for blogging.
What do you to do overcome blogging fatigue? Please share your tips for recharging your batteries so you feel energized to blog consistently.