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Help! I am literally on the verge of a burn out!!
I began blogging as an outlet for my creative writing process. The potential earnings were another attractive reason, but realistically I knew that real money would come later on in the game. Blogging is the writing I do in between my absolute love of story-telling. Mostly it’s a stall tactic I use when I am going through writers block. Or it was at one point. Then quite recently I decided I would take things more seriously and blog consistently.
If you aren’t already aware, I not only have a desk job during the day but I am also a mom to 3 kiddos. You can imagine the amount of time I honestly have in my day. Between my day job, my kids and building my brand as an author I began to feel the pangs of a burn out coming on.
In the past, I would ignore the feelings of burn out in an effort to power through them. This ultimately would backfire and something would give way. Whether it was letting the job go, taking a break from one of the kid’s extra-curricular activities or putting my love of writing on hold.
This time, as I begin to feel those pangs I refuse to ignore them.
5 things you can do to fight a burn out
- Prioritize Responsibilities: Do the most important things you have to do, and forget about the rest. I had bitten off more then I was able to chew and I couldn’t handle everything. Choosing to do the most important tasks helped me with productivity and decreased some of my stress.
- Organize: While prioritizing my responsibilities I realized that I really lacked structure when it came to organizing my day. After I put things into perspective with my priorities I made an outline of my daily activities as a guideline to follow.
- Outsource Help: Seek outside help. Not only for your business but even for your kids if you need to. I asked friends and family members to help with shuffling the kids around. In my business I used freelance sites to find people who could help me complete my projects. If you are interested in the sites I used, check out the Resource page on my blog.
- Get Plenty of Rest: Do not ignore your body. If you are tired, then please get your rest. By cheating myself out of a good nights sleep, I was exhausted and unmotivated. It is so important to take care of yourself, and when you don’t it will ripple effect into other areas of your life.
- Take Time Off: Time off from work is necessary. Even in your side businesses. It’s exciting because it doesn’t really feel like you’re working, but you ARE in fact working. Setting aside time in your schedule to just enjoy yourself away from work is important. I took a week off from work and it was worth it. I also avoided feeling burned out and wanting to quit.
We only have one body, so we have to do right by it
It is important to take care of yourself. Paying attention to your body is the best way to do that.
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