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What To Do When On Blogging Burnout?

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Blogging has been a weird and unexpected journey for me. It all started from wanting to move my diary to an online space, then I found Blogger when I googled for an online diary platform. I didn’t know what Blogger meant and how a blog works, what I knew was just I wanted to have an online diary. Now, I am blogging for 6 years and there have been a lot of great changes with how I blog, how my blogs look like, and how I am now as a blogger. But just like any kind of journey, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in those 6 years of blogging.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to write for a popular website, which I’ve been following for quite a time but I failed to submit my article on time. Recently this year, I was given the opportunity to work with one of my inspiration when it comes to writing but the project didn’t turn out a success and I know it’s due to my lack of effort. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was invited to write for a fitness blog but I failed to submit on time. I also had an scheduled plans to write for another popular website but I failed. All these made me disappointed of myself, I see those as great opportunities for me to enhance my writing experience and for me to serve my purpose why I am blogging but I didn’t exert that enough effort.

On burnout

I wanted to have a balance in both my studies and blogging activities so I thought of doing both at the same time with equal efforts. I wanted to do a lot of things at the same time: blog on themuslimbricks.com, on the bynajmah.com, submit articles to other websites, do my freelancing tasks, manage blogging groups and excel in studies. Due to wanting to have a balance in all that I do, I end up doing nothing or doing other things that are not really important. There were days that due to the pressures I had, I would escape the reality and procrastinate.

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Although I wanted to catch up on those things, I just couldn’t cause I sleep late and I had to get up early for academic assignments. It was hurting me that I couldn’t exert a fair effort in everything I do. As I try harder to set balance, the more I fail. One day, I woke up not wanting what I’m seeing, I’m not anymore happy of what I’m doing with myself. I was like sabotaging my own effort. Due to my eagerness to balance everything, I end up doing nothing. Because the truth is I really can’t. So, I decided to have priorities and admitted to myself that I’m no superhero who can do everything within 24 hours. I decided to change for better, and reduce the pressure I had. And, so I decided to blog stress-free and prioritize the things that are more important at the moment.

On wanting change and peace

This month, I want to begin a change. I can’t give fair effort in all that I do, but it doesn’t mean I have to give up one for another. Still, I can do the things I do, but honestly… I can’t spend a fair effort. Admitting this weakness is my way not to worry when things don’t happen as planned,  to set SMART goals and to be wise in accepting and rejecting offers.

This month I want to exert peace in my life and to do the following freely:

  • Exerting 100% in my studies
  • Reading books
  • Sleeping early, waking up early
  • Exercising
  • Eating healthy
  • Strengthening my faith
  • Drinking water
  • Going out with best friends
  • Chatting with family (overseas)
  • Cooking for pure enjoyment
  • Blogging without pressure and rules
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These are fun and relaxing!

You too experience this right?

If you are a blogger or an entrepreneur, I’m sure you know how difficult it is to be your own boss which is different from what others thought of blogging and freelancing. I met a lot who thought of working online as an easy way to earn money, but it’s not. It requires more than time, effort, plan, and marketing skills.

So my advice is to bring peace into our mind when we are about to feel that blogging burnout which will suck the quality out of our own work. Disconnect for a while, divorce with your phone, travel, have a rest, talk to a friend, or connect to what is real then when you’ve had the chill you need, go sit in front of the computer and blog what you have in mind. Surely, those will be thoughts that are fresh, real, inspired and honest.


My reads recently:

Busy isn’t respectable anymore – Tyler Wardis

Why I’m getting a divorce in 2014 – Jarrid Wilson

Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

4 Comments

  1. Maria

    September 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I so know what you are talking about! Taking some time off is really a good thing when experiencing burnout. It is a sign that not everything is running as it should. As an entrepreneur you have to constantly check your plans and goals. May Allah help you sister!

  2. Amina Edota

    September 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Well captured… The life of a solopreneur!

    What helped me find some inner peace was through goal setting; using those goals to plan my life activities. And from there I began taking little steps but with consistency.

    Alhamdulillah, now I try to sleep early so I wake up early without any alarms (where I used to sleep late and set about 3 different alarms), I also read daily without guilt (by setting a goal of reading 5 minutes daily)… and other personal goals.

    Sure nothing good comes easy, but burnout is a no – no.

    I pray you get back all the peace you need to achieve greater things.

    • Najmah Capal

      September 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

      You’re right sis Amina. Didn’t think a life of a solopreneur would be this hard, I thought it’s only fun and self-fulfilling. But actually difficulties and obstacles are part of it as well. But, if we love what we do, we will work hard to succeed.

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