It happens to all of us at some point. It may be after you have completed 200 keyword rich articles on garbage bins or after you have done the umpteenth rewrite of an article on a subject you find really dull. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones, and you enjoy what you write most of the time, at some point you face a moment when you just don’t want to write. For a day, a week, a month or even longer, the profession that you rushed to embrace suddenly seems charmless. You feel tired, drained and mentally depleted, but you’ve still got to make a living. What do you do to recharge your batteries and get interested again?
Some of the things I have tried include knowing when to give up on writing and walking away from the computer. Instead of writing I can read a book, go for a walk, head to the beach, play with my daughter or have a nap. These are all things that are guaranteed to get my mind off the job for a while at least.
But what if the problem lasts longer than a few hours or a day? Sometimes I can feel the mental fatigue coming and I can plan my work schedule to allow some down time. That’s the best option. At other times, deadlines loom and I have to write through the pain, vowing never to do this kind of job again. Of course, I will – there are times when any writing job is better than no writing job, particularly if you have bills to pay.
All of the best advice on burnout centres on recognising the signs – stress, tiredness, etc – and on changing the circumstances quickly, by taking a break somehow. What do you do when you face burnout?
Here are some other articles on burnout that you might find interesting:
- How To Deal With Burnout – including learning to recognise when burnout is approaching
- Recovering from Writers’ Burnout – an oldie but goodie, where the advice includes taking a vacation – nice!
- Dealing With Professional Burnout – check out the quick quiz at the start
- Burnout – including the three sappers of creative energy
- 10 Signs of Career Burnout – exactly what it says on the tin
- More on burnout – if we’re juggling then we might burn out, and who isn’t juggling?
- Avoiding Freelance Burnout – the fact that you’re freelancing can help you
- Burnout Self-Test – another great tool from MindTools