As a content creator I am constantly wanting to be pushing out the best content I can to my community. The enthusiasm and drive that comes from doing something you love can sometimes overshadow your ability to stop and take care of yourself, this is when we might experience burnout. As someone who has experienced burnout on several occasions, here are my top 3 ways to prevent burnout while content creating.
1. Figure out a schedule and stick to it
When you enjoy doing something you want to use all your spare time doing that thing you love! It makes you happy after all and we’re constantly encouraged to enjoy life and appreciate the things we love and revel in them. However, when something you love comes with a considerable workload like content creating, you could actually be doing yourself a disservice by spending all your time on it. Sit down and put together a schedule. This way you can make sure you have dedicated time for self-care and other life things outside of content creating that you might otherwise have forgotten about while your head was so deep in the video you were editing or the game you are streaming.
2. Change your Mindset
The one thing that often holds us back from taking time for ourselves is this overriding thought process that all our hard work is going to be for naught if we aren’t constantly producing content. Stop. This was the mindset that I had for years before I actually tried to discipline myself to take more time to rest. I cut back my streaming schedule from 7 days to just 3 and the difference I feel now is incredible. I am more motivated, upbeat, I have more energy. Streaming isn’t a chore and my community have more time to actually look forward to my streams. Because of this I have seen a significant difference in my growth, when the whole time I thought it would have the opposite affect!
3. set yourself some goals
Now that you have more time to yourself, you don’t want to generate negative habits of being lazy or falling behind your schedule. To keep yourself on track set some weekly or daily goals. Today or this week, I am going to get X, Y and Z done. Write it down in a notebook or on your phone and tick them off when you’ve completed them. Doing this always gives me such a positive sense of achievement and productivity. With my shortened schedule I had more time to post to social media and update my blog. So I set myself daily goals to make sure I uploaded to Instagram or did something to improve my mental well-being that I would not have had time for before.
I hope these 3 tips to prevent burnout as a content creator are helpful! Do you have any experience with burnout? what did you do to combat it?