4 Ideas to Shake Up Your Blogging Routine

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Whether blogging is your hustle on the side, or you are a full time blogger, everyone gets in a rut.  You may even be the envy of your friends because you can wake up when you want, take lunches when you want, and set your own schedule.  However, running your own blog full time comes with its own set of caveats.  Even blogging, one of the most independent and accessible jobs out there, can become pure drudgery.  Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to beat the blogging blues.  Here are four ideas to shake up your blogging routine.

Find a Suitable Space to Do Your Work

It may be true that you can blog anywhere anytime, so long as you can plug in, but sitting down in a new place every day may not be conducive to getting work done.  Studies have shown that students who sit in the same seat in class every day are more likely to remember the information they learned.  Why shouldn’t this apply to blogging?  Find a place that works for you, and try to stick to it for a consistent period.  Perhaps you work well in a particular Starbucks, or the local Coffee Bean, or a hole-in-the-wall independently owned café.  You may not need to sit in the same place every day, but you can train your brain to know that when you are there, you are there for work.  Can’t stand being in one place for too long?  Try dedicating yourself to one place per week or per project.

Maybe you don’t work well in a noisy atmosphere.  If this is the case, try working in a quiet space like your local library.  Many people are tempted to work from home, and the only limitation to this is that when you work from home, you may have a difficult time keeping yourself accountable.  Because your brain naturally associates home with family, cleaning, cooking, fun, and relaxation just to name a few, you may easily get distracted.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you find a place that works for you so you can focus on your work.

Take Frequent Breaks

Gone are your college days where you were encouraged to study all hours of the day and pull frequent all-nighters.  Studies have actually suggested that instead of working all day without breaks, it is actually better for your brain to take short breaks.  Some people find it useful to take breaks every twenty minutes to a half an hour.  A short five-minute break to check your watch or go for a short stroll can work wonders and refuel you brain.

Stimulate Creativity

Don’t fall prey to the curse of creativity—writer’s block.  Writer’s block can make it excruciatingly difficult to get work done.  The trick to avoiding it is to not think about it too hard.  When writers experience writer’s block, they begin to get anxious or even depressed.  Over-thinking the creative process can be detrimental to your work because you inevitably shift your focus to the writer’s block itself and not the content you’re creating.  If you experience writer’s block, take a step back.  Sometimes, all you need is to take a break.  Studies have shown that REM sleep can help people problem-solve, as well as decrease rates of depression and anxiety.  Go about your routine as you would without writer’s block.  Instead of pacing about the house, go for a walk in the fresh air, go to the gym, or try something new like visiting the beach or go on a weekend trip.  Creativity comes in strange and mysterious ways, so don’t stress and let it flow naturally.

Go For a Workout

Daily exercise is critical to all functions of your life, including creativity and getting work done efficiently.  Whether you like to walk around the block or lift weights, increasing circulation in your body and stimulating your muscles will make your brain more alert and boost your metabolism.  Exercise releases endorphins in your body that raises energy and decreases the risk of depression.  You may already know that sitting in a chair all day is poor for your back, so invest in an ergonomic chair and take breaks to stretch your neck, shoulders, and back.  Remember that we are living beings meant to move, so give yourself the time to work smarter, not harder.