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3 Ways to Take a Break from Blogging

We all need a break sometimes.

All bloggers are human.

Last time I looked.

I scanned one of my 126 eBooks recently.

Chapter 2 of:

10 Blogging Lessons I Learned from Living in Fiji

woke me up.

If you want colorful blogging lessons buy the eBook.

Folks ask me how I write so many guest posts, read and comment on so many blogs, help folks, coach folks, promote my eBooks and still enjoy my life of travel. I have a simple answer: I take frequent breaks. At least throughout my blogging work day.

All problems with scheduling, creativity and online success flow out of fear.

Many blogging fears flow out of a tense, chaotic, overworked mind.

Overworked minds tend to feel overworked because the mind owner rarely if ever takes breaks.

Taking regular blogging breaks increase your creativity, energizes you for your long haul journey and helps you spot and solve problems quickly and easily.

Let’s look at 3 ways to take a break from blogging.

1: Day Break

Perhaps you enjoy taking Sundays off from blogging. Or maybe taking another day off weekly floats your boat.

Do what works for you.

But more than anything, consider taking one day off from blogging every week to recharge your battery, to boost your energy levels and to simply exhale, for a 24 hour stretch.

I am a poor example in this regard. I enjoy blogging so much that sitting down to write and network feels like play to me. I do not take any days off from playing. Most bloggers though see blogging as work, or a chore, or a task. If this is you, take at least 1 day a week off from blogging.

2: Hourly Breaks

Hands down, every single blogger should take hourly breaks to top off their energy levels on a daily basis.

I take a 5-10 minute break from my blogging activities on every hour to think clearly, to proceed intelligently, to blog effectively and to see that I stay on track. I also nap for 30 minutes or more daily to refresh my body and mind.

Example; usually I move through my workday without interruptions but today I had to run a few errands after lunch time. On returning to my blogging tasks I took a deep breath, honored my hourly break, and made sure to take effective blogging actions, versus sprinting mindlessly through my blogging work day due to the unexpected errors I needed to run.

Take hourly breaks. Pull back from work. Energize yourself, think intelligently and blog from an effective space by chilling for a few minutes hourly.

Take a short walk. Do some jumping jacks. Lay down in bed for a few minutes. Do whatever works for you to pull back and relax.

3: Take a Week Off

Sometimes bloggers need a week long break to relax.

I have been known to take a blogging hiatus here and there to simply embrace my offline travels.

In a few weeks I will travel across the world to Thailand, flying from NYC to Bangkok over a 1 day stretch. Between the travel time, jet lag and overall rest periods I will need from blogging, I may not take an entire week off but will pull back from my blogging duties for a good 3-5 days to chill out, to sleep, to recharge and to think clearly when I do hop online.

Take extended breaks from time to time. Reassess your blog. View your blogging day through a fresh set of eyes, being fully energized.

Conclusion

Follow each of these tips.

Reduce your stress levels.

Rock out your blog.

What tips can you add to this list?

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fox News, The Huffington Post and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. He can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.

  • Joy Healey says:

    Great post Ryan,

    I have recently been taking quite a long blogging break because of various overload in other areas of my life.

    But I have kept my blog going by accepting plenty of guest posts (more welcome) and just making my own posts when there was something I really wanted to get out.

    The long break has revitalized me in many ways.

    I know many people ARE fans of breaks every hour or less, but I’m not – because breaks after such a short time take me “out of my zone” and I have to take another age to get going again. But everyone is different!

    Joy Healey Blogging After Dark

    • Good stuff Joy. So happy you rested up and came back energized. I will write another one for you soon…..thanks!

  • Adeel Sami says:

    Hello, Ryan!

    You know what? 🙂

    My breaks are way longer than the weeks.

    I meant when I’m on the break, it goes into the good months long without even thinking of the blogging for a second.

    I am still not into the serious blogging so such absences are too damaging for me, right?

    Thanks for the great one, brother! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

  • Asad says:

    🙂 you are right. It is worth considering point that we have to avoid being bored in blogging field. I will must say that we should take a break for 7-8 minutes after 30 minutes. While taking long breaks, we may keep writing new ideas on a paper. In this way, we will be working in a state while resting and our mind will also not feel burden. Thanks.

  • Hi Ryan,

    Great tips and I guess, every blogger needs regular breaks to enjoy the blogging.

    Blogging has to be fun. It should not feel like a regular chore. That’s when you start enjoying the blogging journey and make some profits in the process.

    I usually take monthly breaks (also weekend breaks) to keep myself fresh and use my weekends to come up with new topics along with competitor research. That’s much helpful for me to get fresh ideas about growing my blog.

    Great share.

  • Hi Ryan,

    Great post. A fresh twist to all those posts we get showered (those that preach us to work hard without rest).

    I occasionally take day breaks from blogging and I love it. The result is a more rejuvenated me and a a more focused me.

    I still want to take a long break but let’s see when that happens.

    Thanks for this post.
    -Swadhin

  • Jina says:

    I always thought to get out from work for sometime, but we never done it perfectly. you wrote a very good article about break-time from blogging. Hope this April i am planning for Malaysia trip. hope it happen soon without any troubles.

    You enjoy your holiday. Keep writing good articles always.

    • Good stuff Jina. I will be in Thailand in February through March and may do a Malaysia trip after that. You never know; we may meet up along the way!

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