Feeling Burnt Out? Lost That Drive For Success Online?
As some may have noticed I've been somewhat absent from WA for the past 6 - 8 weeks. No, I haven't been hit with the dreaded Covid-19, thank goodness.
The truth is I was starting to feel a bit burnt out. Running out of steam. I was getting to the point where it was becoming a chore to find new keywords, write new articles, and work on my site. Whereas before, I was always pumped while looking for new keywords and coming up with content.So, I decided to take a break from WA and put things in a holding pattern on my website.
I needed to take a good look at what I had been doing, where I was spending my time, and what was making me feel burnt out and unhappy with my business and my progress.
My youngest son (12) loves to fish and had been wanting me to buy another boat so we could get on the water and do some fishing. This was just what I needed, I thought to myself.
So we shopped for a boat, nothing expensive, something more like a project boat we could work on and tailor it to what we wanted.
We found one locally for about $1,500. An older 16ft fish & ski type boat, sound boat, but it had a skimpy 35HP motor. So we cleaned it up, found a rebuilt 65HP motor, and now the thing flys through water.
Now we've been spending some quality time on the water, catching some fish, and me sitting back and taking stock of everything I've been doing to date with my business.
Taking the time to let myself relax a little instead of pushing to complete an article before 2AM in the morning has been a tremendous help.
It's allowed me to look at my business and what I'm doing objectively.
I've been able to identify problem areas and things I've been doing that are really just a waste of time. The time wasters have had a lot to do with my frustrations, stress, and feeling burn out.
Taking an objective look at my business, taking time to relax, and do some other things I really enjoy, has helped tremendously. Not to mention taking quality time with my family.
AND GUESS WHAT?
Traffic has dropped off a little, but that was expected.
As for WA, yeah my ranking has suffered and I've missed all of your wonderful posts. Not much I can do about that, but my WA ranking isn't generating an income.
I have to admit, for months I was trying to make sure I was up in that top 200 group. But now I've come to realize that is not going to make or break my business.
Don't get me wrong, I love helping folks and I love reading your posts. However, going forward I'm rebalancing my daily routine to focus on reviewing training and working on my websites. I'll still be popping in and out of WA and keeping up with whats going on, but I'm not going to be focusing on being the top 200.
The Moral Of The Story
I think all of us get to this point sooner or later. BUT, it's not the end of the world and it's OK to feel some negative emotions. After all, many of us hit the ground running and work our tails off for months. So it's natural to feel a little burn out at some point.
Let's face it. This business takes time to establish and we have to be in it for the long haul. We also have to be committed to continual learning as things can change quickly in this online world.
Somewhere I ran across the saying that if you can hang in there for a year, most of your competition will have already quit. Now I can see why.
So, don't quit! Take a break, look at what you are doing objectively, and determine where things went off the rails. Many times it's because we've strayed from the training or made too many commitments, taken on too many websites, etc.
Build some time into your work schedule for rest and family.
I thank you all for providing such excellent, informative, and sometimes humorous content.
All in all I think WA has the best, supportive community on the web for people like us who endeavor to build a solid online business.
Stay safe and I wish you all much success in your businesses.