Blogger’s fatigue is a natural result from hours of sitting at your desk and clicking away on your keyboard. Your eyes, back, legs, hands, and neck are all susceptible to occasional aches and pains, but one of the biggest contributing factors to blogging fatigue is the mental rigor the mind of a blogger goes through while attempting to formulate a coherent story that hits a specific set of key points. While blogging isn’t the most physically exhausting activity, it is a mentally exhausting one that can be made less stressful by following a few simple rules.
Here at LockerGnome, our writers make great efforts to combat fatigue and keep the front page populated with fresh, interesting content. Whether we’re reporting on the latest Android device or simply writing a how-to guide, each article you find on the site is given the maximum amount of detail and attention it can get.
So, how do you avoid fatigue while blogging? Here are five tips that can help.
Open a Window
Depending on where you live, your local climate may allow you to crack a window during the majority of the year. Fresh air from the outside world changes the work environment considerably. Your energy levels and sense of time passing changes, giving you a renewed sense of vigor and welcome relief from the stale sense of boredom that seems to creep up on you while you’re ticking away on your keyboard in a closed room.
In addition, natural light is much easier on your eyes than artificial lighting. Having a CFL burning around the clock can make a room look nice, but it isn’t quite as comfortable over long periods of time.
Whether you blog during the day or night, the benefits of fresh air and natural light are still being discovered by scientists today. At the very least, giving this tip a try won’t cost you anything.
Change Your Work Environment
Sitting at the same desk and staring at the same boring screen day after day for months (and even years) is a breeding ground for boredom and fatigue. Changing your work environment can have a dramatic impact on your overall focus and inspiration. Some professional bloggers choose to make regular stops at their local coffee shop to crank out an article. Others might prefer their local library or a peaceful spot in the park.
Whatever environment makes you feel most productive, try to make a point to venture to it on a regular basis. Even if it’s just on Fridays and only for a couple hours, it’s something to look forward to and a way to recharge your batteries while getting more done than you would sound asleep with your head resting on your keyboard back home.
One misconception that a lot of people I talk to seem to have is that bloggers who work from home are really just lazy and unproductive. This is an understandable assumption, as it is difficult to wrap your head around how anyone with the freedom to make their own hours and essentially do whatever they want while working could possibly get anything done.
Unfortunately, working as a writer full-time is actually quite the opposite. Whether you’re clocking hours or being paid per post, your output has to remain consistent. That can mean chasing down leads and writing five drafts for every one great post, skipping lunch and getting something in by the deadline.
Taking breaks is vital to the continued flow of ideas and information. You wouldn’t expect Stephen King to crank out a few chapters of his next best seller without taking a break any more than you should expect a professional blogger to crank out content for eight hours straight without walking away from the keyboard. Even a writer driven by passion for their subject and a will to keep working through the night can benefit from taking breaks.
Rest Your Eyes
When you stare at a computer screen, you tend to blink less than you do otherwise. This is because your eyes are actively focusing on the screen and that focus adjusts each time your eyes dart from one point to another. Because of this, you may notice dry and red eyes after a few hours of non-stop typing. Your tears, when dried, contain minerals and salts that are actually somewhat abrasive when your eyelids pass over them. Keeping them from drying out is essential to your ability to keep working for hours on end.
Take a moment every few minutes and focus on nothing, either closing your eyes or staring blankly out of a window (mentioned above). This will give your eyes a rest and a chance to combat dryness.
One tip that my eye doctor gave me was not to wear my glasses while sitting at the computer. I’m nearsighted, and my eyesight fails after about one meter. By wearing glasses, I’m actually causing my eyes to work harder to focus on an object that is well within my 20/20 field. By removing my glasses while working, my ability to stay focused for longer periods of time is renewed. If you wear glasses, you might want to ask your optometrist for his/her recommendation for combatting eye fatigue at the computer.
Practice Good Ergonomics
When I worked in an office setting, we had ergonomics consultants come through every six months and tell us how important it was to keep our chairs locked in a certain position, use wrist pads, and keep our monitors level with our eyes. At the time, I rolled my eyes and continued to slouch in my chair. Unfortunately, I paid for not listening to them closer.
Get a comfortable chair that doesn’t put your back out of alignment. After hours, days, weeks, and months of sitting in the same chair, you’ll be surprised just how much a slight adjustment can impact your comfort levels. Further to that, proper ergonomics can help you avoid a few expensive trips to the chiropractor.
Keep your monitors at eye level. Looking down for eight hours a day isn’t very good for you. By placing your monitor on a stand and getting it set up on a more comfortable level will make your neck and body more comfortable for longer periods of time.
Remember, everything you do for long periods of time invokes some form of physical response. Either your body can feel more relaxed, or it can respond with long-term aches and pains.
Blogging can be a very fun profession to get into. It requires dedication, responsibility, and the ability for you to remain productive from the first minute you sit down in the morning to the moment you finally break away and stand up after a hard day at the office. The difference between a good and bad experience can be determined by whether or not you heed this very simple advice.
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment.” — Dale Carnegie