Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
How do you prevent burn out?
I ask this question, not because I feel burnt out, but seriously overwhelmed. It scares me that burn out may be around the corner, and I do not want that to happen. I love blogging and everything that has come with it. I love writing every single post, I love reading and responding to every single comment, I love talking to authors, reading books I never would have heard of otherwise, reading blog posts, and so on and so on.
Problem is – lately I’m always behind. I blame things that are technically more important – like grad school, eating, sleeping, and bathing. If I could I would stop doing all those things and just blog. Well, actually I love food and sleep too much to give them up completely, but I can read/blog while eating. And I can function on 4 hours of sleep – that’s all I typically get anyway. But you get my point. I wish I could do this blog thing non-stop, but I can’t. So the question remains, how do I balance all these things and not get burnt out?
I tried getting posts written and scheduled a week in advance, but lately I’m writing them just hours before they need to go up – or like this post, hours AFTER I wanted them up. Part of the problem was that I’ve given myself a few hours every day that are pure uninterrupted blog time. And slowly that time got so that it wasn’t enough. At the moment I’m a full week behind on comments, which I hate, since answering comments is really important to me. I love every comment I get and don’t want people to think I’m not paying attention and to stop leaving comments. And I’m finishing books a mere day (sometimes hours) before the book reviews are due. I can’t continue this way, or burnout is definitely coming.
So in an attempt to get things to a manageable point and stave off burn out, here’s what I’m going to try:
I’m not signing up for any more tours unless I just HAVE to read the book. I’ve signed up for several in the past few months for books I’m interested in, but it adds pressure I just don’t need right now.
- I’ve also stopped taking book review requests for the time being. Whenever I accept a review request I also put a deadline on myself as to when I’ll get the book read. Well life happens and suddenly that date becomes a pressure. So until I get to place where I’ve read all the books I’ve accepted for review – I’m not taking any more requests.
- I’m going to try and spend 10 minutes responding to comments every couple of hours. I think if I work in short bursts I’ll feel less overwhelmed and hopefully get more done.
- I’m going to continue have a post a day if I can. But I’m also going to try and stop getting those days where I have multiple posts. Even the cover reveals and blitzes – which I enjoy doing – take up time to put together. So if I have other content scheduled when I see a blitz/cover reveal that I’d like to support come around, I’ll just have to pass.
I hope this plan of action works. But I’d love to hear how y’all manage all the things involved with blogging. It’s a lot of work, but I love it and want to keep loving it!
So – how do you prevent burn out?