We started our blogs and businesses because we love what we do, right?
But it seems the longer my to-do list gets, the more my head moves into that “gotta get done” space and out of that “hey, this is fun!” space. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, and, let’s be honest, it’s pretty gratifying to cross item after item off the old to-do list. All those little checkmarks make me feel BOSS.
But at the end of the day, all those little checkmarks can easily feel like work — hard work. Not that there’s anything wrong with hard work, but this is supposed to be fun too, right? Not only should I feel like a boss at the end of the day, I should also feel like I had a blast doing it.
That’s why I set a goal this summer to have a little more fun with my work (and life!). Here are a few ways you can bring the fun back to blogging!
Make it a game
This is my go-to strategy any time I’m feeling stuck and like I have nothing to say. I turn on a timer and make a game of it! Blogging is more fun when you just see what you can do with it instead of putting pressure on yourself to meet your goals. Bonus points if you reward yourself for completing the challenge!Turn blogging into a game to meet your goals without pressure.Click To Tweet
Talk it out
When you’re talking to your friends, you’re having fun, right? You get into the flow of conversation, and it’s not about saying the right thing. It’s just about listening and responding — sharing whatever comes to mind. When you’re with good friends, and the conversation is flowing naturally, you aren’t thinking about how you have nothing to say or that you aren’t saying it right. You’re just talking.
So when you’re feeling stuck with your blog, talk it out with a friend instead. Let the conversation flow until it clicks that you do, in fact, have something to say. If that’s not an option, pretend you’re writing a letter to your friend instead. Pretend she’s asking your advice on a particular subject, and just answer her question. Then edit it into a blog post!Feeling stuck with your blog? Talk it out with a friend to get the words flowing.Click To Tweet
Dance it out
I don’t dance much in public, but you should see me at my desk with a good Spotfiy playlist. Good thing I live on the 4th floor! If you’re not having fun, put on your favorite song and dance it out for a minute. Try not having fun after that!
Go somewhere fun
When all else fails, margaritas and queso solve any problem, am I right?! If it’s not happy hour, grab a notebook and go to your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or outdoor space. Or leave the notebook at home and just take a break. Don’t punish yourself for not getting anything done — it will only make it that much harder to keep going.
Remember why you started
Like I said, we do this because we love it. So what made you love it in the first place? When are you most happy with your work? Blogging usually stops being fun when it becomes a have-to instead of a want-to. Separate yourself from the pressures of why you have to blog and give yourself what you need to actually enjoy it again.Blogging stops being fun when it becomes a have-to instead of a want-to.Click To Tweet
What are some ways you have more fun with blogging? Let me know in the comments!