“Blogger Overwhelm”- Now this aptly describes my current state. Yeah, overwhelmed I am and to the extent that I want to switch off from social media for now; I was never a consistent blogger but it never affected me as I was busy with my full-time job and blogging was a passion to which I contributed to only when I felt the need to pen down my thoughts. But ever since I took a break from active work force I have been facing this blogger overwhelm because I feel I have enough time and space to contribute, but I haven’t been doing as much as I would have liked to. Anyone else feel this way?
Well, I decide to read up on this writer’s block a bit and guess what, there was a truck load of information on that.
Subsequently I stumbled upon this quote which made sense.
“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all” – Charles Bukowski
I have been struggling for some time now with this blogger’s block and I am really hoping that writing about this will somehow miraculously rid me of that awful block. I used to be able to write on everyday events quite easily. Thoughts would pour out and words would flow smoothly but not off-late, not as of now.
I started introspecting a bit and found out some amazing insights and reasons for my current situation.
1. Too much un-structured time:
I noticed that mostly these writing spurts happened while I was pressed for time and had deadlines at work or home front. And somehow even in my busy schedule, I would squeeze in some time to jot down my thoughts; but off late even though I am on a break, I still find myself not drawn towards writing as I used to be. I also know for a fact that only during the most pressing times when you have hundred other things on your plate that inspiration for writing strikes. I don’t know why it happens but it sure happens…always.
Wait…I might be on to something here. Could it be because I have all the time to write and I am not pressed for time and maybe that’s why I am unable to write? Strange but true. Yeah, culprit number one – Too much un-structured time can make you unproductive.
There, I got my first reason or at the least I think that’s a legit reason.
2. Too many things to do without clear deadlines:
As I continued to introspect more, I stumble upon my second reason. There are umpteen numbers of things I need to get done but there is no particular time frame to finish them. For instance, updating my farm page on facebook, creating content for my personal blog, building my own website, documenting my farm development, recording my seed planting schedule, drawing up a plan for my vegetable patch, recording my experiments with homemade solutions or visitations to my farm; all these things are happening but as there is no external push or deadline I end up taking care of things on priority basis and let the other things slide and leave them hanging.
So, that brings me to the second reason and that is having too many things to do but without any clear deadline in sight.
3. The most obvious reason – procrastination
I can be quite lazy when I want to and procrastinate endlessly. But I am also equally committed to finishing a task once I take it on. So I guess it’s all in the mind and I better get on with it sooner than later.
So, now that I know the whys, I guess I must start working on a schedule and plan ahead if I don’t want to see myself in this spot again.
These are the core areas I need to work on;
• Plan ahead and make a schedule
• Focus on keeping up with my schedule without procrastinating
• Cut-out distractions and steer clear of them
Here’s to fighting my blogger overwhelm and coming out victorious. And I wish the same for anyone who is in the same boat as me. May you succeed in finding and nailing your reasons of blogger overwhelm.