It happens to the best of us. You sit down to start a new blog one day and the next time you look up it’s six months later. You’ve been so focused on building your business you didn’t even notice the days slowly turning into weeks, and the weeks turning into months. And now, when you do finally lift your eyes from your monitor, you realize you need to take a break, but there’s still so much you want to do! Here are five reasons you need to give it a rest and take a break from your blog.
Mental and physical health
Sit hunched over your computer for 12 hours at a stretch and you’ll seen start feeling the effects. You’re back will start aching, your knees will start to hurt, and your shoulders are permanently hunched up around your ears. And let’s not even talk about how quickly you start developing a tell-tale Blogger Butt.
Internally, you body is screaming for some fresh green vegetables and juicy fruit, and if you were drink a glass of crystal clear water – that didn’t include “energy boosters” or sugar – your body would probably go into convulsions.
And when’s the last time you gave your brain a break and thought about something other than your blog? Have you read any good books lately or engaged in conversation with intelligent adults, adults who don’t have a blog of their own.
Your mind and body need a break. In fact, you should be taking a 20-minute break every 2 to 3 hours, every day of the week. Get up from your desk, eat something healthy and talk about something other than the last Google update.
Evaluate your priorities
You’ve heard that old saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees”? If you’ve been blogging for six months or more without a few days off then it’s time to step back and evaluate your priorities.
First, look at everything but your blog. Have you been neglecting your spouse and children? When’s the last time you spent a night out with your friends. Even the most successful business person realizes there’s more to life than your business. Take a few days off and reconnect with friends and family.
Next, take a good, hard look at your business. Is it really necessary for you to spend 12 or 16 hours a day at your computer or have you just forgotten about everything else that’s important to you because you’re so caught up in your blog? What if you made your personal life your priority? Isn’t that why you started blogging to begin with?
Revitalize your business
If you’re like most people you grow less productive the longer you work. The first six or eight hours you might accomplish a lot, but the longer you sit there the less you get done. It has a snowball effect, too. Work 12 or 16 hours a day, day after day, week after week, and soon you’re not getting anything done because you brain is nothing but mush.
Take a break from your blog for a few days to give your batteries time to recharge. When you come back to your blog you’ll feel re-energized and that new-found energy will carry over to your blog.
Gain a new perspective
Spend six months blogging non-stop about anything and your blog is bound to get a little stale and boring. Take a break and go outside. Hang out at the coffee shop and meet new people. Buy a real, live newspaper and see what’s going on in your neck of the woods. Not only will you find new ideas to blog about, you’ll see just how little “real news” there is on the Internet. With this new perspective your blog can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Yes, we all get to the point where we hate our blogs, so don’t feel bad. Actually it’s a good thing. It means you realize there are other things out there you could be doing – if you’d just take a break from your blog. Step away from your blog for a few days and it’s like being separated from your spouse or kids – you don’t realize what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
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