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Hello Wormies! It’s yet another post about me whining about not reding enough and nor blogging enough i.e. I am burnt out. It normally doesn’t happen to me often but for some reason, this year is really not my year at all! I even wrote a blog post on creating a blogging schedule that will work for you, but apparently, it’s not working for me!
So, as you may have noticed, I have been posting less and less in the last couple of months! I know it’s horrible of me but yeah, I have to admit that it is because I’m getting burned out. For a lot of reasons, though. A LOT of reasons.
I have been semi-active on Instagram, though so I still have contact with the bookish community, and that has started to go down as well. I’m actually a little scared to just leave he bookish community because of this.
But NEVER fear, I am NOT leaving! I am still going to be blogging and bookstagramming but I also want to let you know that I am slowly getting burnt out!
It may be because I am starting to travel a little bit more for work and I when I travel, I just don’t bring my laptop with me because I can’t bring two laptops now, can I? So yeah, I just can’t blog while I’m on the road anymore!
Another thing that I have noticed is that I have been exhausted after work now. It may be due to traffic, but I’m basically getting knocked out around 9 PM now – this used to be the time where I blogged and comment on Instagram! So now, that time has been taken away from me!
Anyway, enough with the whining! What am I going to do about THIS!
5 EASY PEASY STEPS TO GET OUT OF THIS FUNK!
1. Have a set time when to blog
One of the things that I don’t have is a dedicated time to blog. Basically, I don’t have an exact schedule that I follow and actually sit down to blog. And I think that is a mistake. I have tentatively scheduled weekends to start writing reviews and blog posts.
2. Continue setting weekends as your bookstagram photo schedule
I always take photos during the weekends because I use natural light when taking photos. I plan to continue this. I have also started taking a bunch of photos good for the week or even more when I am feeling very creative. Since I already do this and it absolutely works for me, I will continue doing this.
3. Set a time to write reviews immediately after finishing a book/audiobook
One of my faults is waiting until the last possible moment to write my reviews. I am not proud of that and that needs to change. My plan is to schedule a time to write reviews during the weekend (see number 1).
4. Set scheduled “unplugged” times
One of the things that ultimately bring on the burn-out is the constant barrage of social media. I am guilty of opening my social media accounts throughout the day. So, I have started to lessen my social media time. I have a ways to go, but I am trying to and have been semi-unavailable on my social media platforms. And I am loving it.
5. Spend time with family
Another way to prevent burn-out is to spend quality time with your family. I usually spend it with Pierre and we watch movies or TV series together. While this may not be able to do this as often as we’d like, I like that we set a time a few times a week to do this.
Do you have any other ideas to avoid burn-out?
I do a bunch of IG pics on the weekends too. It takes a lot more time than I expect so I need the weekend to really get it done. And I have to write my reviews right after I read or I forget important things (like character names!). Hopefully this helps with your burnout. This year has been a rough reading year for me.
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OH! I am the worst! I always forget the character names, especially with PNR or fantasy because they have weird names!
And yes, setting up for IG is always exhuasting!
Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says
Sorry to hear you’re burnt out! I hope you feel more excited and motivated as soon as possible! I definitely think that scheduling makes like SO MUCH easier when struggling with burnt out, because at the very least you have what to post until the motivation comes back! And unplugged times are the best! I try to have at least one day a week where I unplug and I find I get all my best reading done on that day!
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When I unplug I also don’t read at all! I strictly stay out of the digital space as best as I can. I fail, by the way!
I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling burnt out! I’ve definitely been feeling a bit like that myself lately, so I’ll definitely be trying out some of your tips! I don’t schedule a time to blog either, which is something that I think would definitely help.
I have been giving my blog a bit of a spring clean this week though (adjusting my theme a little, going back over and updating old blog posts and blog pictures etc), which has definitely helped raise my enthusiasm for blogging again, so that’s one thing that I think can help as well! 🙂
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Oh spring cleaning your blog is a great idea! I probably need to do that to mine and update the look and feel of it! Thanks, Laura!
Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More says
These are great tips! I’ve been also feeling burned out and it doesn’t help that my weekends have been busy. I can’t wait for my kids to go on summer vacation lol. I’m also bad with writing reviews but writing notes while reading has helped. I have also been reading books that I don’t plan to write reviews on. The books get counted toward my reading goal for the year but I don’t feel the pressure of writing a review. This has been helping me a lot.
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I understand even though I don’t have kids! LOL I just can’t write notes after reading – I should start this REALLY!
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I’ve been finding myself more and more exhausted at night too, which is a bit of a problem because that used to be my reading time. Now I find myself falling asleep when I used to just be getting started on reading!
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Same! I also used that time to visit blogs and comment – but it’s getting too much for me right now. Hopefully, things will change in the future and I can get back to the swing of things again!