This is a guest post by John Mak from Simply1Software.com and with this post you are going to learn how you can easily REFRESH your mind while blogging..making you say..YEAH!! These are some great ways to tackle the major signs showing your absolutely no interest while blogging.
If you’re a blogger, chances are that you spend countless hours behind your computer, staring at your monitor. While this is a necessary and enjoyable part of a blogger’s lifestyle it can often lead to mental burnout, staleness and even eye strain.
Today, I’d like to talk about a few ways to avoid mental burnout and to help you get the most out of blogging.
Practice Makes Perfect…But Only So Much
In July 2007, a paper in the Harvard Business Review called “Making of an Expert” by K. Anders Ericsson talked about the 3 main elements that go into producing an expert in any given endeavor. These 3 elements are deliberate practice, world class coaching and enthusiastic family support.
While most of us have no control over the last 2 elements we do have complete control over the first element, deliberate practice. In the 2008 book, “Talent is Overrated”, author Geoff Colvin expands on the concept of deliberate practice and concludes that about 90 minutes a day of this type of practice is what most people can tolerate and benefit from. Keep in mind that this is not your ordinary, go-through-the-motions type of practice. It is focused, intense and mostly uncomfortable since you will be constantly pushing the boundaries of what you’re capable of. In theory, this practice goes on daily over a period of years, resulting in a world class performer.
Is This Going to Hurt?
Now, certainly I’m not asking you to endure ninety minutes per day of arduous practice for years on end in order to become a successful blogger. This example just serves to illustrate the point that you shouldn’t, nor do you need to, sit in front of your computer for hours every day. While you’re working you should be free from distractions such as TV, radio, music, email and the telephone so you can focus completely on your blogging. Keep a set time for when you will stop. You will be surprised at how much more work you get done and how much better the quality will be.
When that time is up, stop what you’re doing, get away from the computer completely and do something else. This time away will serve to refresh and rejuvenate you. Legendary direct response copywriter Gene Schwartz would only write for 33 minutes at a time. He would set a timer and when that 33 minutes was up he would go for a walk, eat lunch, or do anything but won’t write. He would go back and write more at a later time.
Go Ye and Do Likewise!
Here are a few things you can and should be doing away from the computer that will help refresh your mind and give you renewed energy to be a better blogger:
1. Move: This is probably the most important thing. Go outside and take a walk or go to the gym. The physical exertion will release endorphins into your bloodstream which will help to improve your cognitive functioning, improve your sense of well-being, reduce pain and allow you to relax when you get back to work.
2. Listen to Music: “Music has charms to soothe a savage beast.” Suffice it to say that nothing can clear your mind better than just sitting back and getting lost in good music. Just don’t listen on your computer! Go in another room or, better yet, listen while you’re out walking.
3. Visit a Friend: Man is a social animal and connecting with friends and family is a crucial element of our overall mental health. Working from home is an isolated, and sometimes lonely, activity. It’s vitally important to keep up outside social connections to stay fulfilled. If you can, visit people in person so you get out of the house and maybe get a walk in at the same time.
4. Watch Something Funny on TV: Laughter is indeed the best medicine. Research shows that laughter and humor strengthen your immune system, reduce stress, boost energy and reduce pain. Much like exercise, laughter and humor release endorphins that improve your mood and sense of well-being.
5. Contribute: Find out if someone (family, friends, community) needs your help. Much like visiting a friend, this will help you overcome the isolation that comes with blogging or working from home. Plus, if you do something physical, like help someone move, you get another chance to release some endorphins!
These are just a few ideas that might help you to refresh and rejuvenate your mind as a blogger. Remember, you don’t have to be a slave to your computer in order to become a success.
Albert Einstein once said that anyone can be an expert if they just pick one subject and study it diligently for 15 minutes a day. I’d like to hear from you. If you’re a blogger or work from home, what are some ways that you refresh you mind so you can be a better blogger?
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