Thursday, February 19, 2009

Burn Out

At the beginning of this month, I hit burn out. Instead of working on my blog, my Squidoo, or anything else worthwhile, I played computer games and re-connected with my Wii. This burn out, which I figured would last about two days, lasted two weeks. At first, I felt guilty for not plugging away at something that may end up being profitable, and therefore doing my duty as a mom and bringing in a bit of extra income. Yeah, that guilt didn't last too long. I would sit at the computer looking at the "make a new lens" link, and draw a complete blank. I would look at my lenses, and hit edit on one that needed a bit more tweaking, and just stare at the screen with no passion for it what-so-ever. I knew if I didn't take a much needed "vacation", then I may risk loosing interest in my lenses altogether, and this burn out would last for months. If you feel that burn out creeping up, take a vacation, do something fun, but completely useless. Refresh, regroup, relax, and reconnect with things that make you laugh. Now that my burn out is over, I have a new found vigor and passion for my lenses, and I'm happily getting back in the game!


  1. Well, welcome back! I remember after we (literally) built our house, I played the Mario Brothers Game for weeks on end after we moved in. I had no interest in the game before or after, but at the time, it was just what I needed in order to decompress. :)

  2. Several years back, I was being phased out of a job. I was job hunting, but no one was biting. I also hit burnout. Or else it was a minor depression. I got lost in a very popular computer game for several weeks. I can not even remember the name of the game now.

    If you can afford the luxury, it is not a bad thing to take a mental vacation. There is nothing wrong with a short break.

    Squidoo, on the other hand, is a hobby for me. I regularly come and go in spurts. Nothing wrong with it.

  3. I've been blogging for over 3 years and write a post virtually every day.

    I've learned that you have to plan 'time-out' from working on internet stuff and updating otherwise all the fun goes out of it. I look at it now a bit like taking a holiday from a job! ;)

    (PS I'm a Giant Squid who is makingamark on squidoo)