Even the most successful people in the world need a break sometimes, and I’m here to tell you it’s okay to take a break. When I first started blogging again at the beginning of July 2020 I didn’t really give myself any break. I was publishing a new blog post every single day. Thats 7 posts a week. Which is insane to think about now.
I was so strict on myself in needing to keep posting to keep my audience engaged, and of course I now know that this isn’t the way it works. I created myself a blogging schedule and this helped me so much in knowing when my breaks were so I didn’t burn out. I thought I would share some benefits and importance that taking a blogging break can do. These points are helpful for blogging but can be applied any other area of your life where you feel like you need a break.
IT CAN HELP WITH PRODUCTIVITY
Taking a break and doing less can actually help you become more productive. It sounds weird doesn’t it? You’re probably thinking “Olivia? How can doing less help me be more productive?!” Well think about it like this… You are up to your eyeballs in things to do and you only have a short amount of time to get it done. You rush and rush and rush and produce mediocre results because you haven’t given yourself the time that you need to make it a quality piece of work, because you simply don’t have the time. Doing less and having less on your plate means you can divide your time and attention into making sure what you are producing is the best it can be.
Being busy and having a lot to do has its benefits too of course but you can’t just keep going at that capacity. There will be a point where you burn out and then wont have any energy to put into any work at all. Do you see it all starting to make sense now?
IT GIVES YOU TIME TO REST AND RELAX
A blogging break doesn’t have to mean a month off, it could just mean a day or two. Depending on what mood I’m in and how busy my weekend is, I take Saturday and Sunday off usually. This gives me time to be present in real life with my friends and family and it’s a few days off not thinking about my blog or writing posts.
I have a loose schedule I tend to stick to, but its okay if I go off it or do something different. I don’t put pressure on myself to make sure I stick to what it says.I like to forward plan, so if I know I’m taking the weekend off, I schedule posts for the next week before the weekend comes, that helps in not worrying or thinking about my blog on my days off.
IT CAN HELP CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Taking a break can really help with changing perspectives. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by work or any other area of my life, I like to take a step back and this really helps to put things into perspective. When you are in the motions and going with the flow, it can be hard to see what is really going on. When you take a step back from something (I mean physically not figuratively) you are able to see more aren’t you? Well thats the same in blogging. Take a step back and you will be able to see the bigger picture.
IT ENABLES YOU TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR GOALS
Sometimes we need a break to re-evaluate what we want. What are your goals for your blog? What would you like to achieve? How are you going to achieve it? Time away from something can give us that space to be able to reconsider and re-evaluate what our goals are. It allows us to have a renewed head space in order for us to see what it is we want to achieve.
Personally this is my favourite tip, because when you feel like you’re in a-bit of a blogging rut I think the best thing to do is take time away and see what it is what you want.
Do you take breaks, whether is blogging or another area of your life? Do you feel better for it afterwards? Do you have any tips on how a break can help re-motivate you?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject, and hope this post is an encouragement if you have been thinking of taking a break recently. I cannot express how beneficial it is to take time away from things, it can help so much in the long run. Olivia x