How to Avoid Article Writing Burnout

Are You Falling for This Myth?

You want to earn a spot in your niche with your incredible range of insights and experience. So you work diligently by squeezing content creation in between meetings, calls, emails, professional projects, home projects, family time, and much more.

You think you’re on a great track and you’ll never burn out as long as you keep up your momentum.

Eventually, you start to stay a little later working on projects and even work on weekends. You begin worrying about whether it’s working or if you should hedge your bets with this whole writing thing.

“Never mind,” you say. You still hold on to the idea that you will never burn out – giving up and in to burnout is for idle, non-dedicated people who don’t share your vision or passion. Short of an uncontrollable disaster, all you have to do is keep up this momentum and your hard work will pay off in the end … right? Wrong.

A Seemingly Never-Ending Balancing Act

That phrase you keep repeating, “I’ll never burn out,” is a myth. This busywork that’s masquerading as “dedication” is the road to burnout. How do you know?

Do any of the following statements apply to you?

  1. “Bad” days are more frequent than good.
  2. Most of your time is spent on tasks that seem impossible or are monotonous.
  3. You’re exhausted – if not all of the time, most of the time.
  4. You don’t feel appreciated or what you do makes a difference.
  5. You feel unmotivated – you can’t see value in caring about your work or even home life.
  6. You’re overwhelmed by venturing into a new territory.
  7. You feel like you’re going nowhere.

If none of these apply to you, feel free to skip to the end and share your secrets to burnout prevention. If any of these apply to you, even in the slightest increment, then you’re showing signs of burnout. In turn, this could be negatively affecting your ability to accomplish your goals and have serious physical repercussions. The time is now to deal with it because you have a lot to lose if burnout gets the best of you.

It’s Time for a Time Out

To address and prevent burnout, you need to stop and take a step back. Consider not only how you got there, but how you will bail yourself out to replenish your energy to accomplish your greater goals. Use these tips:

  1. Take a break.

    “I can’t slow down – I have all of these things to do!” Once you’ve reached burnout status, it’s hard to break habits that either serve little value or perpetuate the burnout-balancing act. Slow down. This isn’t a request. Do it. Where you can, cut back on commitments that show little value and ask for help or delegate tasks, such as asking someone to proofread your content for you or even consider hiring a ghostwriter or transcriber. You cannot accomplish everything at once and deliver quality. Give yourself some time to recharge both your mind and body.

  2. Reevaluate your goals and priorities.

    “I don’t even know where to begin …” Here’s an exercise to get you started:

    Break down your obligations, duties, and tasks into two columns. In the first column, write all of those things people are depending on you to accomplish or what can only be done by you. In the second column, write down those things you do that could be done by someone else or reasonably eliminated altogether.

    Think of each item in your second column to be your “burnout relief” to-do list by delegating these tasks or jettisoning them from your routine if they lack value.

    Next, write down your goals – personal, home, writing, and work goals that will create value in your life and work. Compare your goals to your first column. Is there anything that you can move over to the second column? Allow your goals to be the ruler that helps you measure your tasks and commitments – if it doesn’t measure up, delegate or eliminate it.

    For all commitments and tasks that remain in the first column, create a plan.

  3. Have a plan and rekindle your motivation.

    “A goal is just a wish without a plan.” Whatever type of plan you choose to implement – whether it targets your personal, professional, or writing goals – make sure it contains at least these three elements:

    • It targets a specific goal.
    • It’s broken into actionable steps.
    • It’s rewarding.

What I Do to Prevent Burnout

I’m S.M.A.R.T. – that is, I plan S.M.A.R.T. goals by asking myself the following questions:

  • Specific: What do I want to accomplish and what are its requirements or constraints?
  • Measurable: What are the indicators I use to measure its success or achievement?
  • Achievable: What are the steps I will take to accomplish this goal?
  • Relevant: Is it worthwhile?
  • Timely: What milestones should I meet or when will it be finally accomplished?

Another strategy I’m a huge fan of is the to-do list – daily lists, project lists, writing lists, shopping lists, activity lists, and honey-do lists (a list for my husband …) – anything can chunked into a list. Call me peculiar, but I find an indescribable satisfaction in checking off each item as I finish it, which creates a powerful momentum that propels me through each task. For tasks I didn’t plan for and do, I’ll add it to my list (after the fact) to cross it off.

Don’t wait. When you’re burned out, anything and everything can be a bear to handle. Change your course. Own your plan. Wear it out like a pair of running shoes until you can see through the soles because of all of the mileage you got out of it. Use these tips to alleviate stress, prevent burnout, and add more valuable contributions to your family, your niche, and your own peace of mind.

What do you do to avoid burnout? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!


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13 Comments »


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David Croucher writes:

What can I add? Nothing. You have all the advice that I give to other people and sometimes take myself!

Comment provided May 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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Danish Muneer writes:

That is a great article. In the start of my freelancing career, I experienced this problem many times. Most probably due to not being able to achieve what I was expecting in a given time frame. I came over this difficult by starting to work with my best friend. It helped me in many ways:

1) I was away from home, which coped with family distractions during work hours.
2) Working with the best friend helped both of us by sharing problems and discussing possible solutions.
3) It also helped us in keeping each other motivated all the time in achieving the daily and weekly targets.

Comment provided May 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

If anyone would like any of my Motivational or Self Help eBooks I will email them to any EzineArticles writer at no cost. You’ll need Microsoft Word, and you can read my articles to help you stay goal oriented and motivated. Sincerely, Lance Winslow

Comment provided May 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM

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Neale writes:

I don’t want to detract from the wonderful thoughts in this article, but, you may want to check the quote in point three. You may have transposed “goal” and “wish”. I thought that a goal has a plan, whereas a wish doesn’t. Maybe it is simply the way that I am reading the quote.

Comment provided May 16, 2014 at 11:46 PM

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Matthew Morris writes:

It’s the way you are reading it… but the phrasing is definitely subject to misinterpretation. An expanded version could have been: “A goal is just a wish unless you have a plan to achieve it”.

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jenny j robert writes:

Planning and goal settings are necessary to keep your motivation high and mos of times when we feel overwhelmed; it means we have lost track of our goals and plans.

Comment provided May 17, 2014 at 2:02 AM

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“Take a break ” is the ideal option as it helps yup recharge you. Another is ” switch your action to the one which interests you more.”

Comment provided May 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

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Lisa writes:

As a online business owner, it is very common to feel overwhelmed. I have learned to make a daily action plan to track what to do. This tip is also mentioned in this article. Thanks!

Comment provided May 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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Joson Harris writes:

I’m S.M.A.R.T.

Loved this part. great article!

Comment provided May 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

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Muhammad Jawwad writes:

Actually there are 4 types of Work for every Person in daily life.

1) Work that is Important and Urgent too.
2) Work that is Important but not Urgent.
3) Work that is not Important but Urgent.
4) Work that is neither Important and nor Urgent.

You just need to identify which work belongs to which category and perform them accordingly.

Type No 1 has the highest priority and Type not 4 has the lowest.

Thanks :)

Comment provided June 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

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levi joshep writes:

Thanks for sharing such type of information with us.

Comment provided June 17, 2014 at 3:28 AM

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Anthony Baxter writes:

Many thanks for your article

Comment provided June 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

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Chris Omatsha writes:

great write up.

Comment provided August 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

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