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Life-changing benefits from writing 150 daily posts, but how I finally felt burned out

At the beginning of the year, I decided to blog daily. After 150 posts, here I am. I’ve gone from not writing an article in a decade to writing daily for months.

What began as a few half-hearted attempts to write turned into my daily addiction.

Let’s delve into my writing journey, its ups and downs, and see what I’ve learnt along the way.

Writing daily helped me organize my thoughts

Before I started to write daily, I found writing difficult. My writing was sloppy, and my notes felt unorganised. I had notes scattered over different books, apps and random papers here and there.

Writing online not only helped organise my thoughts but also clarify them. Once organised, I was able to build on my thoughts and develop them, finding otherwise hidden treasures within them. These treasures were then cleaned, polished and stored.

Rather than have a great idea forgotten, I now have a record of my development and memories stored away, left to brew and accessible for when I need them.

Consistency encourages discipline

If I wanted to write past the first adrenaline rush, then I required discipline. And what better way to promote discipline than through consistence. While my initial writing days were strenuous, I found out that the longer I tried, the easier it got. The more I wrote, the more I didn’t want to quit.

Simply showing up to write it was enough to help me complete the entire article.

As I became more disciplined in my writing habits, my skills improved, allowing me to write better quality content.

Writing daily can cause burnout.

While writing daily has its benefits, it does have a fair amount of downsides. Forcing yourself to write every day can feel tiring and time-consuming at times.

What started as me being in charge of my daily writing habit soon felt the other way round. Instead of choosing to, I started to force myself to write every day, so I would break my writing streak. As this ‘being forced to write’ feeling continued, I felt tired and burned out.

The longer I kept forcing myself to write, the more I started to lose my love for it. This burnout feeling didn’t come overnight, nor will it go away in a day or two. Like bad nutrition, I couldn’t build back suddenly what I lost over a period of time.

This is why I decided to take a break from writing until I felt ready. I didn’t have a set period of how long I wanted a break from writing. In the end, I took a two-week break.

Now that I’m back from my break, rather than write every day, I plan on writing every other day. As I was spending too much time writing articles instead of learning to improve my skills or trying to build my audience online.

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  1. Glad that you’ve recharged and are ready to write once more. Wishing you all the best this time around, and hope you find your balance! I myself enjoy the act of writing every day, even when I dread showing up to the blank page. Anyway, here’s to constantly honing our craft!

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