How To Avoid Burnout as a Freelance Writer

Being a freelance writer has its own advantages and disadvantages. On the upside of things, you get to be your own boss, which means that you do things your way in your own time. However, the disadvantage to this type of work is that there is a higher possibility of you experiencing a burnout period. This is so because people who work as a freelance writer are actually much harder on their performance as compared to people who work for bosses. Fortunately for you, there are steps that you can take in order to avoid the dreaded burnout wherein you are not able to produce any more quality work. Just follow these simple steps and you should be able to do just that.

  1. Take a break. Giving yourself some time to rest and relax, whether it is during or after your work, is an important part in avoiding a burnout. If you feel that you are pushing yourself too hard, then chances are, you probably are. Make sure that you allot time for yourself, whether it is a single day of the week, or a couple of hours everyday, dedicated specifically for your rest period. Knowing that you do not have to work during those times can help you maintain a healthy attitude towards your work.
  2. Break your routine. If you stay cooped up for too long just writing your articles at hours upon hours, then you will experience the burnout fairly quickly. What you need to do is break your routine every once in a while. Instead of just sitting idly when you work, try walking a bit or stretching whenever you take your breaks. After a certain amount of time, get back to work. You will definitely feel more up to working.
  3. Switch topics. If you are experiencing a burnout on a particular topic that you are writing on, try to leave that topic for now and focus on writing on another subject. You just might be experiencing a block on that particular subject matter, so it helps if you are able to change your topic at times. Also, if you have a specialty on writing about a particular subject matter, then exploring new topics can help give you a rejuvenated boost in writing. Sometimes, adding more topics are better than simply focusing on one topic, as this can not only provide you with a break from your usual subject, but it can also open new market opportunities for you.
  4. Take a vacation. When things get too much for you, make sure that you give yourself the opportunity to recharge your energy for your work by taking a few days or weeks off for some rest and relaxation. Sometimes, taking a nice long vacation can be just the ticket to give you a renewed energy for your writing.
  5. Change your scenery. Another trick that does wonders on your energy and outlook on your work is to simply change your environment in which you work. Instead of cooping yourself in the office, try to go outside the office and do your writing there. Go to the park, or your local coffee house, and find a nice, quiet spot where you can work and write there.

There are actually a lot of other different steps that you can take to ensure that you do not burnout from writing, but by simply following these easy tips, you should be able to avoid the dreaded burnout with no problem.


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All good tips to keep in mind. I've found switching topics and taking a break from writing to dabble in something else to be helpful and refreshing.

By Karen Sullen