5 Ways To Fight Overwhelm For Creatives, Bloggers, & Entrepreneurs

It happens more often than we would like to admit.  We find something that grabs our attention, interest mounts as we learn more, and soon overwhelm sets in and leads to frustration.  It’s a story old as time.  We know that things take time and hard work, but sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel seems dim.

Here are 5 Ways to Fight Overwhelm For Creatives, Bloggers, and Entrepreneurs

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1.  Give Yourself Permission To Learn

When you take on a new skill or task, there are often several components. It takes time to navigate them.  Cut yourself some slack. Allow yourself time to learn the ins and outs. Learning by osmosis is just a dream.  Put in the time, learn what works for you, and if necessary, find the help you need get a clearer understanding.

2.  Measure Your Success Against Yourself Not Others

It is easy to look at someone else’s blog and wish we had their thousands of followers, dreamy blog pages filled with perfection, and/or the funds to invest in making your blog and/or biz stand out.  Who wouldn’t?!  Instead of turning green with envy, study blogs and Instagram accounts to discover what aspects about them appeal to you. 

The most interesting blogs and Instagram feeds, I believe, are the ones that reflect the creative’s own personal style and voice.  Sure you will want to have quality images with good lighting, catchy taglines, and use the right hashtags to draw interest to your blog, but you also want to stay true to what makes you unique. There’s room for all of us!

3.  Give Your Work Some Breathing Room

In the midst of researching, creating courses, blog designs, and copy,  it is easy to not be able to see the forest for the trees.  Yeah, that’s an antiquated saying, but it rings true.

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Sometimes we become so fixated on a particular task, that the warning signs of eye strain, brain drain, and fatigue are blatantly ignored and the work can suffer.  Let’s try to avoid that.  Instead, consider switching tasks.Take a few moments to step away from the computer.  Your eyes will thank you.  

Take a few moments to step away from the computer.  Your eyes will thank you.  For tips to relieve computer eye strain click here.  Taking a break from sitting at your computer will also help you to reduce neck and shoulder tension.  

Take a few minutes to go outside.  Whether it is for a walk or just to breathe some fresh air, a few moments away from the virtual world can be reinvigorating.  Run errands that have been adding up, including the dreaded trip to the grocery store, and sweeten the deal with buying yourself a bouquet of flowers.  They will come in handy for taking your own stock photos.

If you need a more structured way to take a time out, try mytomatoes.com.  This app uses the Pomodoro Technique allowing you to work uninterrupted for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break.  

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4.  Switch Up Your Work

When you return to your desk, switch up what you are working on.  If you have been diligently working on writing copy or proofreading, designate a block of time to answer a couple of emails, download photos from your DSL for editing, or check out what other creatives have been working on.  Whether it’s checking out their Instagram feed or most recent tweets, or blog posts, give your fellow creatives your feedback.  They will be happy to hear from you!  After all, this is all about being social!

5.  Set A Day Aside

It’s okay to set a day aside.  As a freelancer, it is easy to become consumed with your to-do list.  However, it is important that you give yourself permission to take time away from your computer/work space.  

You may still find yourself checking your phone for emails, Instagram posts, or adding to your list.  Keep in mind that you will be able to read and respond to the emails, can catch up on Instagram later.  It’s not like it’s going away. Taking a day off will likely provide more motivation and drive for when you return to work rather than working on fumes of burnout.  

You can read and respond to the emails, catch up on Instagram, and finish the draft of your blog post or course later.  It’s not like it’s going away.  Taking a day off will likely provide more motivation and drive when you return to work rather than working on fumes of burnout.  

I will be updating this post soon.  In the meantime, be sure to follow the blog and on Instagram.

Also, check out 7 Must-Reads To Motivate Creatives, Bloggers, & Entrepreneurs.

 

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