What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Writing Or Working (Author Burnout)

Show Notes

Hey everybody and welcome back to my channel. I'm Brit Poe with Thriving Scribes. Today I'm going to share a little tip on what to do when your goal is conflicting with what you want to do. Author burnout is a real thing, yal!

So for the past few episodes, I've been talking a lot about motivation and different blocks that you hit in your author's journey and how to manage those. And while we all know that I love a good goal and I love a good plan to start working towards the goal, I also know that sometimes you just don't feel like doing what you initially planned to do. And so before I start getting into some tips on how to decide whether you should do what you want to do or whether you should actually do the thing that you planned to do, I want to preface by letting you know that it is okay to not do anything. For example, if you want to take a day off and just say, you know what, I need a day to myself, or I'm just going to do nothing, then that is okay to do for yourself. I give you complete permission because I do that a lot myself. Sometimes I just need a day where I'm not doing anything. No work, no writing. I'm just relaxing and enjoying some downtime. So yes, it is okay to do that sometimes and to put in a day here and there where you're really not doing anything. But sometimes, that can really just be an excuse.

Take for example your manuscript. Say that there is a chapter there that you're supposed to edit today, but it's been one that you've been putting off. You don't feel like going back to this chapter. It's overwhelming or you just do not enjoy this chapter and you really don't want to visit it again right now and so you've put it off. But now it's the last thing and you've got to get it done in order to say you finished editing. You don't want to do it, but you know that if you don't do it, that you're not going to be able to reach your goal of publishing this book. Therefore you're not going to be able to feel successful. Therefore, you won't have a chance to make money from the book. You won't be able to put it out there for other people to read, and all of the work that you've done to this point will have been wasted. So sometimes not wanting to do one little task can completely ruin an entire project. But I also understand that it's really important to find joy in the things that you are doing. Life can be so confusing sometimes, right? So let's get to my little tip that I have on deciding when it's time to do what you want to do and when it's time to just do the darn thing.

The Formula For Author Burnout

If what you want ultimately, in the long run, means doing smaller things that you don't want to do or that you just don't find joy in doing, then maybe it's time to actually just do that task so that you can ultimately reach your larger goal.

On the other hand, if doing the things that you really want to do are going to cause harm, like sitting on your couch and watching Netflix for days and days and days and putting off your work for a long time, then maybe it's time to really take a serious look at your intentions and realign with why you're doing this whole authorship thing. Why are you writing this book that you're writing if it's not really causing you any joy?

So that's how I really decide whether or not I should go with what I want versus whether or not I should go for the things that are going to get me towards my big goal. If you're struggling with deciding on whether pursuing your goal that you set for yourself and doing what you actually really want to do right now, then I hope this helped you decide and set up a system for yourself on deciding what you should do. Remember, I'm always rooting for you.

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