Some of the more observant amongst you would have noticed that the number of articles published on this blog dropped over the past couple of weeks. Don’t worry – I haven’t lost interest in Community Spark, I have simply been enjoying some time off.
A break can help you focus and remain motivated
The reason for the recent slowdown in new posts was because I was away enjoying the delights of New York City. In the past, I scheduled articles to continue publishing whenever I was absent for a few days. This time around though, I decided to take a real break and you know what? It has helped me no end.
Not only did I get to have a complete break from work, I found that I was coming up with inspiration for future blog posts and new ideas for my other websites. When I returned to the UK, I was extremely highly motivated.
A break helps you clear your thoughts, and even when you are not actively thinking about your websites, your brain will surprise you by coming up with new ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.
Overworking can affect your motivation
After a few months of writing for this blog, I knew there was no way I could find the time to continue posting a fresh article every single day. I soon found that a good output for me was a minimum of three articles a week – by reducing the number of posts I needed to write, I was able to remain motivated and ensure that all the content I published was of a decent quality.
Writing for this blog every day was becoming a burden in the early days – I didn’t see the writing as enjoyable; instead it was something I had to do. I have no doubt that had I continued to abide by my rule of one new article every day, quality would have dropped and this blog may well have been abandoned.
Determining an achievable and comfortable work schedule for this blog has ensured its survival and continued development. Working too hard on something can actually be harmful to the project and to you, too.
Working with a clear head helps you work more effectively
Being able to focus on a specific project or task is far more effective that working non-stop for every given hour of the day. If you over-burden yourself with too much work or too many tasks, you will not be working to the best of your ability. You may find that you rush things, you will make mistakes, you will get frustrated and worst of all you will lose motivation.
Remember – it is not about how hard you work, it’s about how effectively you work.
Enjoyment is your greatest motivator
If you enjoy what you are doing, you are a very lucky person indeed. I love developing online communities, and I love writing this blog and interacting with my readers. When the amount of work I was forcing myself to get done got too high, I found I was no longer enjoying my work quite so much. This resulted in my motivation levels suffering.
Enjoy what you do – work smart, don’t over-burden yourself, and remember to take a break every now and again!