A week ago we got real about motivation and when I say real, I mean…REAL. If you haven’t seen that post yet, then I highly advise you to give a read. It is a bit lengthy, so grab a snack! Today’s post is kind of like an extension of that. As I discussed in last week’s post, I’m not always motivated, but I can appear to be. It’s so hard to blog when you’re not feeling motivated. Ideas are harder to come, you’re just not in the mood to sit and type for 1hr+, and you might not produce your usual good quality. I feel you, I’ve been there. I’ve put out content that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with because I had to put out SOMETHING.
If you’re someone whose been through it(which I’m sure is most of us at some point), then I have 4 tips for you guys to help with blogging when you’re just feeling unmotivated.
1. Write ahead of time
This is the best thing you could do, I swear. Write your posts ahead of time. We’re not always motivated, but the moments we are shouldn’t be taken for granted. That’s the time to just go in and write as many posts as you possibly can. Now, this would also require you to plan ahead, meaning you need to know what you’re talking about in two weeks time or even a month. I know content creators who have their month planned out to the T. I’ve started to plan out my month when it comes to blog posts, although I may not have them all written out. If you have them written out and scheduled, then when you’re not feeling motivated you don’t have to worry about having to write a post. It’s already done.
2. Look up ideas
I take pride in thinking of my own ideas for a blog post, but our brains sometimes just fry, and this is especially when you’re not even motivated enough to think of a post. I’m not afraid to say that I’ve had a few times that I had to Google blog post ideas and that’s okay! This is why people make these types of posts because they’ve been in those same shoes. Trust me, when you’re in a rut and just don’t care to even think on your own, then just go to Google or your favorite blogger’s page and get some ideas.
3. Think about why
Sometimes before you attempt to push through, it’s important to think about why. There are two different why’s here to think about: why you’re feeling unmotivated and why you’re doing what you do in the first place.
Why are you unmotivated? To fix the problem is to get to the route of it. Sometimes it’s just a simple solution of being tired or just not wanting to do it. Sometimes, it’s a little more difficult than that. Some issues may take more than meditation and a self-help book. It may take talking to a therapist or even more. In the end, what route you take is for you to decide.
Why you’re doing what you do? Sometimes we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing. Why am I blogging? What’s my end goal? What do I want for myself? You have to ask yourself these questions and remind yourself why exactly you keep creating content. Giving yourself a reminder could be just the push you need to get you back motivated.
4. Take a break
Lastly, we all need a break at some point. Not taking a break can just drive you crazy in general. Give your mind a breather and close your laptop or exit out of your desktop computer. Take a food break, go for a walk, hang with friends, take a nap, etc. This is your time to relax. Once you get back to it, your mind will be fresh, renewed, and ready to get back to work!
Do you have any tips of your own for blogging when you’re feeling unmotivated? Drop one in the comments!