Hey guys! I’ve struggled with burnout and overworking recently, and I just want to talk it out more than anything. Plus it might help you out if you’re overworking yourself.
Let me paint you my daily schedule: I get up, shower, get dressed and get to work. I even sit at my desk to get ready, and I often scroll through social media while drying my hair. It’s gotten worse since the pandemic struck, so sometimes I don’t leave my home, and instead I sit at my desk and do some work. I always make sure I’m doing something productive, whether it’s working on product ideas, the blog or my books.
The reason why I post almost daily is threefold: the first reason is because I have a lot to write about, and I just . The second is because I have time (for now). The third is because if I don’t write, I don’t feel productive. I also have a lot of different side-projects to work on. Here’s everything I work on regularly:
- The blog – I post almost daily, and prep a lot of posts in advance.
- Here and There – the book of short stories I’m planning on launching late 2021.
- Main story series WIP – this has been in different iterations since 2012, still working on a barebones variant.
- Miss Lola’s Scents – the wax melt online store I’m planning on launching April 2021. Yes, I make everything myself, with the help of my partner.
- Fanganronpa collaboration project I’m working on on/off with my partner.
- Music video remake project – this is still in the early planning stages.
- Streaming – I plan on streaming over on Twitch sometime in 2021.
You may be wondering where I get the chance to relax. The answer is actually, I relax often. I make sure I spend time fully relaxing by playing a game or just listening to some music, or even watching a livestream in the background. There are moments when I play mundane games such as colouring app, just so that it gives me some monotony to think of some plot points and dialogue for my stories, or something I can write about for the blog.
I do often feel burnt out though, and that comes when I feel like I’m forcing myself to write. The best thing to do is to let it come naturally, where you can feel a plot point coming, and you just need to write it down. Of course, this doesn’t help when you’re working to tight deadlines, but if you’re anything like me, there are days when I don’t even have the energy to sit at my desk and write, then there are other days where that’s all I can do.
There are days when I feel much better, and I’m able to get a lot accomplished. Of course, if I allow myself to get too distracted, I can’t keep up the momentum – for example, just the other day I was getting a lot of progress made on my book, and my friend came to me with a relationship problem. I couldn’t keep up the momentum I’d built, so I decided not to force any more writing and I let myself have a break.
Now I just have to work on fixing my sleeping pattern, which has become bad of late, with no end in sight.